Another year, another disappointing finish. Not much can be said other than, excuse the language, they got their asses handed to them.
I have read a lot from fans who try to place the blame for the debacle on AF and Roberts. AF does assemble the players, but it is up to them to perform, and our stars, the best we have, stunk up the joint.
You can bet Freddie and Mookie are being harder on themselves than we are being on them. They have to feel somewhat embarrassed by how they played. But you look at Atlanta, and the same thing happened to them for the second year in a row. They averaged two runs a game also.
And their MVP candidate did little better than Mookie and Freddie. He had three hits total, none for extra bases.
So, where do the Dodgers go from here? We all know they are not going to just blow it up and start over. But I have to believe there are going to be some huge changes in hitting philosophy and how they stack the pitching staff.
They have three players with options, Kelly, Muncy and Lynn. Least likely to be picked up is Lynn. I think his fate was sealed when he allowed those four homers.
Kelly’s is only 9 million. Not bad for a guy with his pedigree and success at the big league level. But most likely they pay the one million buyout.
Muncy’s is a 14 million dollar team option. No buyout. This is the one I am most on the fence with. I like Max, I do not like the three true outcome approaches he takes at the plate. I also dislike his high strikeout rate.
Yes he has an OPS over .800, and he hits 30 plus homers a year. But to me, he misses more chances than he succeeds at. His K rate has climbed in each of the last 3 seasons.
I am pretty sure the Dodgers will exercise the option, but personally, I would not. I am old school, I hate strikeouts. I think someone needs to work very hard with James Outman on his bat to ball skills also.
A lot of what we all have been thinking and saying is out of the frustration of another postseason meltdown, which in my humble opinion, are coming far too often.
Sorry, the better team lost. The team with no break and continuity to its season won.