On October 9th, LA fell apart as the Dodgers lose to the Washington Nationals 7-3 in game 5 of the NLDS, ultimately ending their playoff run and season.
“Who’s fault is it-” That’s what most Dodger fans are thinking. Some say that it’s Kershaw’s pitching, that allowed Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to hit solo homers. Others say it’s Dave Roberts fault for putting in Kelly, which he replies with, “If the blame falls on me, I’ve got no problem with it. I feel that my job is to put guys in the best position to succeed. And if it doesn’t work out, there’s always a second-guessing, and I got no problem wearing the brunt of that. That’s okay. ” While the rest put the blame on Joe Kelly—who was pitching his second inning—which loaded the bases with no outs, which lead to Howie Kendrick’s grand slam and the Dodgers defeat.
With this horrid loss in mind, many have wondered. What does that mean for next years World Series, will the Dodgers have a chance to make it? 8th grader Jaden Quiroz had this to say, “I think they do have a chance because they’ll have a starting squad. Just as long as they get Kershaw and Jansen out of there, and then they have a new starting rotation of pitchers.” 8th grader Nicholas Page also said, “They [Dodgers] have a very big chance because the Dodgers are the best team in the league.”
As the playoffs continue, the Washington Nationals advance to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS and are currently against the Houston Astros. We don’t know what the Dodgers are doing currently, but let’s hope they make good changes so we can bounce back.