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.
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