As the MLB Playoffs continue, the Los Angeles Dodgers are no longer participants and have an entire off-season to think about why they didn't take advantage of having the best 1-2 punch in the game.
A Well Balanced Team
This is something that the Dodgers were lacking as they had a pitching staff with 2 elite pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but their offense didn't measure up and simply wasn't clutch. It's not to say that Daniel Murphy is better than any Dodgers hitter, but he got hot at the right time and basically single-handedly knocked them out of the playoffs,
Other players in the last decade have done this and played above their abilities. If you remember, Carlos Beltran had one of the best post-seasons when he was a member of the Houston Astros that you'll ever see and therefore no matter how good an opposing team's pitching was, it wasn't good enough. In this case, Murphy is continuing to set records as he plays the Chicago Cubs in the National League Chmapionship Series and the Dodgers ran into the wrong player at the wrong time.
Gordon For Rollins?
In the off-season, Dee Gordon went on to the Miami Marlins and the Dodgers replaced him with veteran, Jimmy Rollins, Rollins might have won an MVP Award in the National League in 2008, but he is essentially washed up.
Gordon got off to a super fast start to the season and batted somewhere around .330 and stole bases at will while Rollins barely reached the Mendoza Line. If Gordon were to remain on the Dodgers ,they would've have a much more formidable offense with a guy that can get on base and basically manafactuer a walk or hit into a run. When you're best hitters are Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner, you're not going to win anything.
As you noticed, Jake Arrieta took over the lead for the NL CY Young Award over Zack Greinke. Greinke is going to now test the free agent waters. I'm not a huge fan of Greinke. I don't think he's a "team first player" like Jacob deGromm, but Greinke got a bit tired as the pressure was on him.
Clayton Kershaw is known for his post season troubles and it's been haunting him. In reality, Kershaw is the better pitcher and has the potential ot be the best pitcher in the major, but when the Mets are throwing 5 different starters at this two man show, usually the 5 will beat the two. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGromm can basically match Kershaw and Greinke, but the Mets have a very deep rotation. Add in Noah Synndergaard, who just pitched a gem against the Cubs, Steven Matz, and I'm not even mentioning Bartolo Colon and and an injured Zack Wheeler. To sum it up, the Dodgers pitching depth couldn't match the Mets.
The fans don't play the game, but if you're watching the Mets, who are 2 games away from the World Series, their crowd is going wild. New Yorkers are starving for a winner as they haven't won the World Series since 1986. It's common knowledge that Los Angeles fans and even in basketball, are more laid back,like to come late to games, and New York fans are more emotional. The players can feel that support. Do you think that the Mets felt the emotion when Travis d'arnaud hit the Apple in centerfield in CitiField when he pounded a home run? Los Angeles needs more run support as well as crowd support.