The Dodgers Suck, but Swept the Diamondbacks, so They Both Suck - NLDS Breakdown
So the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the NLCS, and I really shouldn’t be as surprised as I am. I had picked the Arizona Diamondbacks to represent the National League in the World Series, because they had won the season series against the Dodgers, were very hot to end the season, and I hate the Dodgers. The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks, and it was a very convincing sweep, with the Diamondbacks not putting up much of a fight.
In game one, the Dodgers prevailed behind the bat of Justin Turner, who homered and drove in five runs. Clayton Kershaw continued to be terrible during the postseason, giving up four runs in 6.1 innings, and all four of those runs came on home runs. Regardless of how bad Clayton Kershaw was, he was not worse than the Diamondbacks starter, Taijuan Walker, who gave up four runs in one inning, while walking three batters. The Dodgers went on to win game one by a score of 9-5.
In game two, the Diamondbacks got on the board in the first inning thanks to a massive two-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt, but were unable to score again until Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, but it was too late. By the time Drury hit his homer, the Dodgers had scored seven runs, and would go on to score one more run after the homer. Robbie Ray started for the Dbacks, and gave up four runs in 4.1 innings while walking four and striking out six, and another three runs were scored off of Jimmie Sherfy. The Dodgers got a half-decent start from Rich Hill, who gave up two runs in four innings, while walking three. The Dodgers won this game 8-5.
In the deciding game of this series, game three, the Dodgers had to face their former pitcher and Cy Young candidate, Zack Greinke, who would go on to throw five innings while allowing three runs. Cody Bellinger provided most of the offense for the Dodgers, driving in the first run of the game in the first inning on groundout in the first, and driving in the second run of the game on a solo shot in the fifth. The Diamondbacks looked lifeless in this game, only getting three hits, and scoring one run, a solo shot by Daniel Descalso in the fifth inning. The Dodgers sent Yu Darvish to the mound, and in his previous postseason starts, he had performed poorly, but he did well today, tossing five innings of one run ball while striking out seven batters. The Dodgers won the game 3-1, and swept the Diamondbacks to advance to the NLCS.
The Dodgers are the first team to advance to the NLCS this year, and now I find myself in the uncomfortable position of trying to pick a team to root for in their conquest against the Dodgers. The two teams that the team could face in the NLCS are the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs. I am not particularly fond of either team, I think the Cubs are a good team, but have an insufferable fanbase that makes it hard to root for the team. I also still have a bad taste in my mouth from last season when they knocked out the Giants in the NLDS. I am also not fond of the Nationals, but I have trouble finding as many reasons to root against them than I do for the Chicago Cubs. I truly hope the Nationals beat the Cubs and advance to the NLCS and demolish the Dodgers, because regardless of how good the Dodgers appeared to look in a sweep of the Diamondbacks, they still suck, and will always suck.