Many of us saw it coming intellectually but were really hoping otherwise. Our two aces are both the Peyton Mannings of baseball, great in regular season, not so great in the post-season. Other than Kershaw, Grienke and closer Jansen, the rest of the pitching staff is as unreliable as any in professional baseball. A $300 million payroll should buy you more.
Speaking of payroll, it should also buy a few good hitters. When was the last time a team that was no-hit twice in a month went to the World Series? Exactly. None. Lousy teams are no-hit, and occasionally it happens to a good team, but not twice.
We had one consistent batter this year and it wasn't Adrian Gonzalez, who didn't get 100 RBI's this season. No other Dodger did either. Justin turner was a lone wolf among a gang of Cocker Spaniels. Corey Seager looks very promising but shouldn't have been counted on in the post-season with only a month of big-league experience.
I think there are a lot of Dodger fans who feel like me about the manager, Don Mattingly, who learned how to manager from another mediocre skipper, Joe Torre. Joe's experience was that of managing a team of All-Stars that didn't lose many games despite his woeful decision-making and pitching changes (or lack thereof). The one silver lining to this season may be that it could lead to the Dodgers replacing Mattingly (finally).
So, with $300 million to spend, what should they do? Ever hear of a fire sale? I would keep Kershaw, Grienke (if he wants to stay), Jansen, Turner and Seager. All others... bye bye. Puig? Gone. Pederson? Go help a bad team. Ethier? Over the hill. Rebuild from the ground up. With their financial backing, it won't take long.
One last thought: As I head into my 60's, I wonder if I will ever see the Dodgers win a World Series again. Right now, it seems rather unlikely.