Commentary: The excruciating conclusion of the Dodgers’ glorious season.
When a team like the Dodgers wins the NL West by two games and is on the verge of completing a dramatic comeback against the Cardinals in the American League Championship Series, it’s only right that they’d write the story of their season, their glorious season, which has been so much more than luck.
At the beginning of this season, we wondered how the Dodgers would fare in this crucial week between the National League Division Series and the ALCS. With the NLDS against San Francisco set for Sunday, there’s a chance they could get the sweep, only to go home for the second half of the postseason.
But as the season has progressed, the Dodgers have shown what they’re made of, and the Dodgers have proved they can go on without their ace, Clayton Kershaw.
In their first 25 games of the season, the Dodgers had lost 15 of them and only played two games above.500, a perfect record at the beginning of the year. Then the offensive wizardry of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig took over, and Los Angeles went 15-1 in the month of September, during which time they scored 99 runs and allowed just 61.
And yet Kershaw still finished the season on a roll that produced his fourth consecutive Cy Young Award, the most by any pitcher in the history of the award and the most by any pitcher in Dodgers history. They still won the NL West by two games, and they were within one win of completing a stunning and historic comeback against the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS on Saturday night.
Here’s a look at how the Dodgers began, just how far they’ve come, and how they’re going to finish:
Monday, Sept. 10
For their first home game of the season, the Dodgers went to the Oakland Coliseum in their first trip to San Diego since moving to San Diego in 1958, which is where the Los Angeles Times wrote of their first baseball game in San