The Dodgers' Cinderella season wasn't to be. The team started its year as the undervalued stepchild with a mediocre record and wrapped up its schedule as one of the hottest teams in the league. But the glass slipper just didn't fit.
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The team was blown away 9-0 in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in St. Louis tonight, losing the series 4 games to 2. As Dodgers announcer Vin Scully put it, " ... The agony lasted two hours and fifty-nine minutes."
The extended season put the boys in blue back into the hearts of a Los Angeles soured by the controversial ownership tenure of Frank McCourt.
And it might have salvaged the job of manager Don Mattingly. We'll see.
But the facts are this: The team is one of the top-two in the league for payroll. It hasn't seen a World Series in a quarter century. And the Dodgers tried unsuccessfully to jump to the World Series from the NLCS three times in six years.
You could blame injuries, with Hanley Ramirez playing on a fractured rib and other high-salary ballers on the bench.
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Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw was drawn into a quagmire of a third inning tonight, with 48 pitches thrown and four runs hit against him.
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But Mattingly didn't blame him. He told reporters after the game, "If you don't score, you can't win."
The Blue never turned on its offense.
— Vin Scully (@VinScullyTweet) October 19, 2013