If you were to look up the definition of postseason failures in the Webster’s dictionary it would tell you to see the Washington Nationals. There should be a frowny face on the capital building. They just can’t win in the playoffs. They just can’t make it work, and it’s possible they may never win in October. The duds in Washington blew another one dropping game 5 of the NLDS in the nation’s capital. Now we have to deal with the Cubs again. Who could have seen this coming? Probably everyone I’m guessing.
I know what many of you are thinking. You might be happy the Cubs won and that we get another NLCS rematch because you want revenge or something. I would like that too, and believe me I have no love for the Nationals. But I must warn you, the Cubs are still really good. They’re not to be trifled with. This year the Dodgers are the 104 win team with home field advantage, but that doesn’t matter much. The Cubs are still annoyingly fierce. They’re also still the defending World Series champions.
I wanted to see the Cubs lose because I don’t want to deal with them, but there was little chance the failure laden Nationals were going to beat them. You didn’t actually have confidence in the Nationals winning a playoff series did you? The Cubs are insufferable and I can’t stand them. However it’s no shocker that we have a Cubs/Dodgers NLCS again.
Getting back to the Nationals though, my goodness they are pathetic. They are the epitome of playoff losing. The Nationals have now lost four consecutive division series, three of them by way of game five at home. That’s about as brutal as you can get. In 2012 they blew a 7-1 lead to the Cardinals in game 5 of the NLDS at home. In 2014 they lost in four games to the Giants, and in 2016 they lost to the Dodgers in five games as well. Last year the Dodgers beat them by a run in their home ball park with Clayton Kershaw recording the final two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the tying and winning runs on base. Now this year they fall to the Cubs. At least the Dodgers have won some postseason series before their inevitable chokes.
Here's hoping this game goes 19 innings. I want every single pitcher used up by the fifth hour and Joe Maddon pitching in the 19th inning
— Ladodgerreport (@Ladodgerreport) October 13, 2017
— Calling The Game (@CallingTheGame) October 13, 2017
Washington manager Dusty Baker is one of the worst decision makers on the planet, but Washington has a very talented roster so it’s a mystery why they can’t win. So brutal! We were all hoping that the game would go like 22 innings with each club using all of their pitchers. At least both clubs used up most of their pitchers with the Cubs using Jose Quintana in relief. Wade Davis made over 40 pitches to close out the game.
But good grief the Nationals are sad. There should be an exhibit dedicated to their inability to win playoff games. You could sell tickets to that showcase of ineptitude. Oh well. The Dodgers will get another crack to beat the Cubs in the NLCS. Game 1 starts at 5:08 PM PST on Saturday night. You guys remember the t.v. show Capital Critters?