Like the title of this article says, I have no words.
This wasn’t how the season was supposed to end. It just wasn’t.
2022 was a historic season for the Dodgers. It was the greatest season in the history of their franchise. It was one of the greatest seasons by a team in baseball history.
They were eliminated in the NLDS.
Frustrated. Embarrassed. Humiliated. Those are a few words that come to mind.
I hate to say it, but I have to be real when talking about this. You can make the case that the 2022 Dodgers are the biggest disappointment in baseball history. The argument can be made for sports history as well.
They’re the first team to win 110+ games and not even make it to the championship series round. They had the best run differential since the 1939 Yankees. Their 22-win gap over the Padres was the largest in a playoff series since 1906. They dominated San Diego all season, winning all six series.
The Dodgers didn’t lose this series because of Dave Roberts, they lost because of the offense. The big and bad Dodgers offense, filled with MVP’s, All-Stars and Silver Sluggers, scored only seven runs over the final three games.
Seven runs. That is all.
With runners in scoring position, they went 2-for-26. Yup. 2-for-26. Oh, and they left 26 runners on base as well.
If the Dodgers just went 6-for-26, they likely sweep the series. The pitching kept them in the games. It was the lack of hitting when it mattered most that cost them.
Just like that, another year comes and goes. Nearly eight months of excitement, over at the snap of a finger.
This one hurts. This one hurts more than any other postseason exit I can remember. The team that won 111 games got eliminated in the first round. The team that won 111 games won only one game in the postseason.
There will be more articles to come this week when I’m able to come up with the right words to say.
For now, I have no words.