Because they let them in. The Dodgers let the Giants waltz into the playoffs and now I think we all know how this postseason is going to go. The Dodgers deemed the final three games of the regular season unimportant so they folded up like a beach chair. The Giants swept the Dodgers and limited them to just 4 runs scored as they squeaked into the playoffs as the second wild card. Now they’re going to the division series to play the Cubs after their predictable 3-0 win over the Mets in the NL wild card game. Do any of us really trust the rookie cursed Cubs to beat them?
This is why I was so aggravated that the Dodgers were pathetically swept in the final series of the regular season. It wasn’t because of home field advantage. As we’ve seen tonight home field actually means nothing. I was upset because the Dodgers could have knocked the Giants out of the postseason picture by just winning two out of those three games. Now the Pandora ’s Box has been opened in an even year and there may be no way to shut it.
This is what the Dodgers allowed, and it’s disgusting.
Madison Bumgarner is a freak of nature. Coming into tonight’s game he had allowed just a .60 ERA on the road in the postseason. He’s some kind of unhittable pitching force in October. This was his second time pitching a complete game shutout in a wild card game. It’s almost unfathomable. So when he shut out the Mets’ weak ass lineup it came as no surprise to me. The only chance the Mets had was if opposing starter Noah Syndergaard pitched a 9-inning shutout. Unfortunately he only pitched a 7-inning shutout. Utility man Conner Gillaspie hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off of Mets star closer Jeurys Familia.
The Dodgers could have prevented this from happening. That’s why I partially blame them for this. This was a Giants club that had the best record in baseball in the first half and then the worst record in the second half. After falling out of first place they stabilized in September finishing 15-15 after winning the final four games to get into the playoffs.
This isn’t a great club by any means, but they’ve been through this before. They have Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, and a punchless contact hitting lineup that scratched and claws for runs. I can’t even believe they made it in and that this is happening all over again.
The fascinating thing about all of this is for the first time ever this may setup a Dodgers/Giants NLCS if the boys in blue can get past the Nationals. The Dodgers would have home field advantage if it goes that way. Somehow the Giants have figured out a way to win in October and all you have to do is get in. Bumgarner made around 120 pitches and the Giants never had to use their bullpen.
If the Giants win a fourth championship then the Dodgers have themselves to blame. It’s probably happening again and I blame the Dodgers for this.