"Third Time's the Charm!" -- The 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Thread

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Grabarkewitz mentioned when the trade was made in 2016 that we would rue the day we traded Alvarez for Fields. He hated the move. I knew nothing of the kid but, if this is what he looked like back then (meaning physically!) then what a stupid and asinine move that was. Worse than Santana for Blake, waaayyyy worse.
Not sure about 2016... but Grabs had a very different take in 2018.

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St. Louis embarrassing Atlanta with a nine run top of first inning and still only one out with a runner on second. Most first inning runs in postseason history.

That's one way to Stop the Chop.

Edit: Then a tenth run scores on a third strike wild pitch when McCann falls down trying to retrieve the ball. Ozuna didn't even run until McCann was on the warning track.
 

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If you look at this game purely by the numbers, the Dodgers should lose it. Strasburg isn't just any postseason pitcher. He is the best statistically if you go by ERA. The Dodgers don't hit great pitching well and the majority of their lineup has struggled this series.

For them to win this game, they have to be able to get Strasburg out early and get into the BP. They have to go against their nature and be disciplined and stop trying to jack every pitch. They need to go deep into counts, move guys over and go against the shift. They will also need Buehler to basically throw the best game of the year and hold the Nats to nothing for at least 7 innings.
 

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It's difficult for me to fault Freidman too much for Alvarez for a few reasons. First, when Luhnow talks about it his conversations are always with Zaidi. We can assume that it had to go through Freidman ultimately, but we don't know. More importantly was that Alvarez never actually played with the Dodgers organization. He was signed mostly as an afterthought near the end of the signing period because nobody else would give him the 2 mil bonus he was asking for, but the Dodgers had already gone past the allotment and were looking at limited international signings the next 2 years so they went ahead and got him and a couple of others since they were already over...but nobody else was willing to go near the 2 million dollar bonus he was asking for. The main reason for that was his projections at the time. He was only 19 and was a fairly large kid, but he had shown no power to that point. He was bad defensively wherever they put him, and even now he spends almost all of his time at DH and when he does play the outfield he is usually removed late for a defensive replacement. There was some to like as scouts said he had an excellent eye for the ball, but the highest comp for him was that his eye was reminiscent of Fred McGriff, but even then it's Fred McGriff with less power and bad defense. Even the scouts that liked him said his workouts led them to believe he would get to average or above average power, not anywhere near what he actually became.

Ultimately we missed on him, but pretty much everyone else did or they would have gladly signed him for the 2 mil. He turned out far better than anyone thought so far, and actually showed power immediately after getting to the Astros organization, but it's not like he was a highly though of prospect that we dumped...It was a guy not that highly thought of by anyone, except maybe one scout it Houston, who had not played any US ball. Sometimes you lose a guy like that and it works out really well for the other team, most times it doesn't. I would like to also have us all consider that it may not have worked out for him if he had stayed with the Dodgers. He is a power hitter that showed no power before getting to the Astros organization, I don't trust that organization or the cleanliness of anyone involved at this point.
 

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For some reason, I would rather go home now than endure another WS loss. I am tired of the grind and this season was just leaving a bitter taste in my mouth for awhile. It's like tonight was the cherry on top of a shit sundae. At least the FO was exposed for some questionable decisions on personnel and Roberts was really spotlighted for his poor moves. Not that it will amount to anything but at least there won't be any arrogance or people in the organization talking about making it back a 3rd time. They have to start over now. The division means nothing anymore when you look at how bad the teams they play are. They will be shit again next year.

The reality is that this team was not going to win a WS this year against any of the AL teams regardless. They just weren't good enough.
 

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I remember this offseason after the Pollock signing, AF was asked about the wisdom of getting a player who only played ...x... amount of games each year due to injury. He said that he was acutely aware of that but as long as Pollock was healthy for the postseason he would be a big RH bat sorely needed in the lineup. LOLOLOLOLOLOL Guess again, Andrew.
 
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For some reason, I would rather go home now than endure another WS loss. I am tired of the grind and this season was just leaving a bitter taste in my mouth for awhile. It's like tonight was the cherry on top of a shit sundae. At least the FO was exposed for some questionable decisions on personnel and Roberts was really spotlighted for his poor moves. Not that it will amount to anything but at least there won't be any arrogance or people in the organization talking about making it back a 3rd time. They have to start over now. The division means nothing anymore when you look at how bad the teams they play are. They will be shit again next year.

The reality is that this team was not going to win a WS this year against any of the AL teams regardless. They just weren't good enough.

I’d rather see them lose to the Nats than the freakin Cards again. That would piss me off more I think.
 
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