It’s now typically accepted that playoff baseball is complicated. Given that each sequence is every week lengthy at most, and it’s distilling down groups which have performed for six months, every thing is in bounds. Small moments like a pitching change right here or a cutoff man missed there that might simply be barely a bubble on the ocean of a baseball season change into massive issues within the playoffs due to the smaller pattern measurement. Each baseball fan is aware of this and has accepted it, nevertheless they select to evaluate the playoffs.
But it surely appears the L.A. Instances can’t fairly perceive the distinction.
First, on the cusp of consuming it to the Padres, letters editor Paul Thornton known as for the Dodgers to be merely awarded the World Collection trophy, in so many phrases, and wailed about how unfair the playoff system is. The tweet and the headline grabbed many of the consideration, however Thornton missed the purpose in saying that Dodgers followers at the moment are extra centered on profitable than they have been earlier than. Which they’ve accomplished loads of, and in reality greater than anybody else. When you revel within the Dodgers’ profitable, this previous decade has been Valhalla. You may’t say you want the Dodgers to win, deride the equity of the playoff system, after which say it’s all left you flat. Both the playoffs imply nothing or every thing, however not each.
Then as we speak, Jack Harris, the paper’s Dodgers beat author, did an extremely deep dive into why the Dodgers misplaced within the NLDS that was one thing akin to the collapse of a neighborhood, if not state, authorities. Whereas Harris definitely did his homework, the conclusion he mainly involves is that they didn’t hit for 2 and a half video games.
And the Dodgers had loads of stretches throughout the season the place they didn’t hit for two-to-three video games. Listed below are two: In a four-game stretch in June in opposition to the Giants and Angels, they scored six runs. In a three-game stretch in August in opposition to the Padres and Mets, they scored 5. It’s a factor that occurs. The concept the Padres shocked the Dodgers by throwing extra breaking pitches than fastballs isn’t actually a lot of a discovery, or that the Dodgers have confronted higher pitching in playoffs previous isn’t both. That’s form of the thought of the playoffs, and that’s how these groups received there.
It does seem to defy logic how long the Dodgers have been so good and yet have only won one World Series to show for it, and it was the bastardized version of 2020. On some level, you can understand the urge to really CSI it to see if there’s some underlying mystery as to how this could be. But there isn’t. Sometimes you just roll snake eyes a lot. The next roll of the dice doesn’t really care, or is even aware, of the last one.
October doesn’t contain any tanking or woebegone teams for the Dodgers to beat up on, and if they played 162 games against only playoff teams being deployed in a playoff manner, they wouldn’t win 111 games either. There is no mythical explanation.
There is no secret sauce. There is no key to the universe. There is no equation. This is just how baseball works, even if it’s broken the brains of one of our institutional newspapers.
We see you, Aaron Rodgers
We’ve spent so much time on Tom Brady taking a flamethrower to his personal life so he could soak up some more public adulation while watching his team cough and wheeze to a sub .500 season that we haven’t given Aaron Rodgers’ “don’t look at me” act the usual attention. But in case you were wondering if Rodgers is under any impression that the Packers’ struggles have anything to do with him:
Rodgers has always wanted to be the GM, so it’s not too surprising that he wants to be the coach now, too. It must be great for young receivers trying to find their way in the league to have their QB telling the world they suck instead of working it through with them in private. That second tweet is the key there though, with Rodgers completely absolving himself of blame, even though he seemingly can’t throw the ball over 5 yards anymore.
However so long as he has his personal private bullhorn in Pat McAfee to bellow no matter comes into his thoughts as he huffs his personal farts, Rodgers is free to inform everybody that it’s not his fault and his group isn’t worthy of him. Really dignified stuff.