After Walker Buehler started on short rest to help the Los Angeles Dodgers force the San Francisco Giants to a Game 5 in the National League Division Series, the team was confident with their pitching plan as 20-game winner Julio Urias was set to take the mound at Oracle Park.
The Los Angeles Dodgers decided Max Scherzer would be their closer for Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants. While the move worked at the time, it backfired in the long run.
The Los Angeles Dodgers put together a tremendous regular season but couldn’t sustain that momentum as injuries mounted and they fell two wins short of reaching the World Series a fourth time in the past five years.
After a heartbreaking loss in game 6 of the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers season felt like an ending without closure and without justice. Too many players were hurt for the Dodgers to feel like they were at full power, and the Dodgers were also outplayed by the National League Champion Atlanta Braves.
The collective bargaining agreement expires on December 1st, and it’s unclear whether its rules for draft pick compensation will remain in place for the 2021-22 offseason, whenever teams eventually sign free agents.
The Los Angeles Dodgers battled through offensive inconsistencies for most of the postseason, and among the players who encapsulated that was Corey Seager, who struggled at times while also coming through in the clutch on several occasions.
The Los Angeles Dodgers put up a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to extend their season as they were eliminated with a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers saw several contributors from their 2020 World Series roster leave the organization in free agency, including most notably Kiké Hernandez and Joc Pederson, who both sought larger roles.
Max Scherzer had another fantastic season at 37-years-old, excelling for both the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, and that earned him a place among the finalists for two categories of the 2021 Players Choice Awards.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had their share of success against the likes of Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley during parts of the National League Championship Series, but Eddie Rosario remained a thorn in their side all the way through a season-ending loss in Game 6.
Chris Taylor has been a mainstay for the Los Angeles Dodgers since joining the team and becoming a breakout star in 2017. He earned a first career All-Star Game appearance this season, continued to play anywhere on the field and contributed in array of big moments through October.
Fitting that it was a cutter. And also fitting, it was a strikeout. For Kenley Jansen, it’s a pitch and a result as rooted in Los Angeles as the palm trees that stand behind the bullpen at Dodger Stadium.
The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a win in Game 5 of the NLCS to keep their 2021 season alive, and they got the job done. L.A. used a great all-around effort to earn an 11-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.