We are the Dodgers bitches now. Ever since we rolled over for them in the playoffs last year, they've been asking us, "Who's your daddy"?
It actually goes back way farther than that. We’ve been their prison bitches for many years.
We got them in '82, though. I was in college and some buddies and I stayed up very late watching Braves-Dodgers late in the season. Those were the America's Team days. From a historical standpoint, the Braves are light years better than those days, though. We're just not quite up to the Dodgers right now, but neither is anybody else. I think they're the best team in baseball by a wide margin. I'm happy with where we are and how the 2nd half has gone, but their pitching is really difficult to overcome. They also have a HUGE wallet which they don't hesitate to open.
The Braves have a large wallet as well, much larger than advertised, but they refuse to open it to push them over the top. I'm not talking about insane contracts at every turn (although more of that is needed, IMO), I'm talking about investing heavily in scouting, analytics, and player development so that you have prospects to trade for a Scherzer type when the time comes.
The penalties from the Coppy/Hart era obviously hurt (MLB wouldn't dare to put such penalties on the Dodgers et al, BTW), but the fact is the Braves operate on the "good ol' boy/buddy system", and since ownership doesn't care, it just goes on. That's why you have an incompetent (but very likable) manager at the helm who is horrible at roster management. The Dodgers are all in/all the time to win it all, and we're not. It's really no more complicated than that.
Last Edit: Sept 1, 2021 9:44:44 GMT -5 by keystone61
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Post by maverick86 on Sept 1, 2021 12:00:46 GMT -5
How did we beat the Dodgers 3 out of the 4 in the playoffs? To be up 3-1? Timely hitting and strong pitching. We have pitched very well the last 2 games vs LAD but we can’t seem to get that key hit to keep the inning alive or score… we are so close.