ATLANTA – Put yourself in the position of every top executive who isn’t active in the third week of October. They all do what they can, and are reviewing the only game played on Saturday as a baseball meteorologist to make sure their club is alive at this time next year.
You see two winning teams in the National League over the last four years. At the time, the two teams came together to make the playoffs at eight-eight, and in the case of the Dodgers, they had the longest unbroken series of the postseason in the majors in ninth place.
Of course, you can watch and receive valuable lessons. All right?
But if this is what you are doing, you are going to the liquor cabinet for comfort, rather than your laptop and start making plans. You were not encouraged by the success of not only in the crop shoot, which is supposed to be October baseball, but also about the unpredictability of everything. But the whole darn season.
The team that put together the most expensive, perfect rotation in history was lost because it was the beginning pitching. The team that lost the best player in the National League won at the time, the discouraging Braves won because Ronald Acuna Jr.’s replacement – a man who was tender, then salaried-dumped in Eddie Rosario last calendar year – earned the NLCS MVP.
Cue up any of the circus music, pour a couple finger whiskey and toast to randomness and nonsense. Then the next year our team will work together by throwing darts on the dartboard.
Of course, there is more to it than that. The Dodgers have not only failed to defend their title because by October they were using the three-day break to open relievers, shut down starters and for the first and second time of Walker Buehler’s career. But the team that did everything to defy baseball, “You can never have enough starting pitching,” actually didn’t have enough starting pitching. Despite:
- Former Cy Young winner David Price is taking half of the deal (which is $ 16 million a year) to lower the expected return price to get Mookie Betts.
- See the best rotation of Price NL, Buhler, Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May and Julio Urias and in deciding, let’s add 2020 NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer.
- Without stopping the trade deadline and acquiring three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. And for good measure, trading Danny Duffy and signing World Series MVP, Cole Hamels.
And in 12 Dodger playoff games this year, career-long reliever Cory Nebel had the same number of starts (2) as Price, Gonzolin, Bauer, Kershaw, May, Duffy, Hamels and Urias (by Urias). Some of it was early strategy, but a lot of it was hopeless. Over the weekend, Scherzer reportedly had an arm of his life that made him bow down from his NLCS Game 6 start. Thus, Buehler, who had never worked a short break before October 11, was now doing it for the second time in 12 days. The Dodger Workhorse lasted 4 1/2 innings and four innings on Saturday.
The most important blow against him in Game 6 was Rosario’s four-run three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie and win 4-2. 6. The Braves dropped to .500 the next day. Three days later he remembered AJ Minter from the minors, unable to command his obvious horror after he was let down again in July. Rosario, making his daring debut, is still three weeks away from having more thoughts of all his late July acquisitions.
The acquisitions of Rosario, Adam Duval, Joke Pedersen and George Soler were made in an attempt to remedy the loss of Acuna. But at the moment, it’s like, “Hey, Adele can’t go tonight, take me four lounge singers.”
Rosario was not the last tender from Minnesota and produced a .685 OPS for Cleveland, which was pleased to replace his salary with a player who answered Pablo Sandoval. Rosario did not play his first month as a brave due to abdominal pressure.
But they were relegated to the playoffs – averaging .474 in all 10 Braves games, hitting 1.313 OPS and a clutch streak that would have averaged Reggie Jackson. And the reality is that he may not be the NLCS MVP. With all the Dodger pitching, the best two arms in the series belong to Mifter and Tyler Matzek’s left-handed relievers. So one of the minors was out of the majors until the end of August and the four forks were mostly yips and were members of the independent Texas AirHogs.
If you are looking, what have you learned to apply to your team? Don’t try to add a good starting pitching? Is your best player hurt? Scout Texas Airhogs?
Perhaps the best answer is this: Get the dart board, pass the whiskey.