Another season has come to an end, and another year where Dodgers are left wondering what might have been.
Once again, Clayton Kershaw leaving the mound, head bowed, was the lasting image of a season that could possibly be his final one in Dodger Blue.
Questions loom surrounding Dave Roberts‘ lineup construction and bullpen usage all year. The righty/lefty matchups gave fans many chances to discuss the prudence of them. Injuries blasted the lineup, and almost no one was immune. Roberts handled it all in his calm, upbeat way, and was a steadying force that navigated the roller coaster year that was, and somehow got the team back to the World Series.
Blame could be placed at feet of the front office. Last year they saw first-hand how bullpens are the key to winning a World Series. Yet this year, in their ultimate quest to lower payroll, they did not get anyone better than Ryan Madson to help out Kenley Jansen and Co. We will see how that resetting of the the luxury tax aids the team going forward.
Maybe none of that matters, though. On the other side of the field, the Boston Red Sox seemed to be a team of destiny, united under their rookie Manager Alex Cora, a seamless unit. While the Dodgers kept it together during one of the most up and down seasons in history, they just couldn’t quite surmount what the Red Sox had to throw at them.
In the coming days, we here at Think Blue Planning Committee will be breaking down off-season moves, signings, and anything else that Dodger fans need to know. But for now, we will pause to reflect on another incredible season, one that didn’t end the way we would have liked, but still saw the Dodgers returning to the World Series for the second year in a row, and that in itself is a huge accomplishment. From the resurgence of Matt Kemp, to the acquisition of Manny Machado, to the World Series heroics of David Freese, and everything in between, it was a season for the history books. We thank you all for following along with us on this ride, and we can’t wait to see what the off-season and 2019 have in store.