The Houston Astros are the 2017 World Series champions thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ quiet bats.
Yu Darvish was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series and he had a rough, very short night. Darvish gave up two runs at the top of the first inning and then allowed three more at the top of the second.
Once he was pulled L.A.’s ace Clayton Kershaw came in and took control of the game by not giving up any more runs. The rest of the Dodgers bullpen followed suit and shut Houston’s offense down for the remainder of the game.
Although it’s easy to blame Darvish for his laughable pitching in Game 7 of the World Series, L.A.’s bats went quiet when they were needed most.
The Dodgers left bases loaded and men stranded on offense and were simply unable to produce. In order for L.A. to have won the World Series, their pitching staff would’ve had to collectively pitch a shutout.
That’s a tall task to ask against the Astros.
Because the Dodgers hitters couldn’t execute Darvish gets let off the hook–slightly. Giving up five runs before the third inning is unacceptable but even if he’d only given up two L.A. would have still lost.
Darvish is the easy target in pointing the finger for the Dodgers’ collapse, and the next man up would be manager Dave Roberts.
But in the end, despite Darvish’s poor start, L.A. didn’t supply enough firepower to contend with Houston.
The blame should be spread around a Dodgers team that got close but still can’t get over the hump.