Perhaps the best way to process this week’s wild card loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks is to focus on this loss as just the beginning for a young group of players. Core figures like Jon Gray and Nolan Arenado got their first taste of the playoffs and will hopefully have the chance to draw on that experience in the years to come. JD Jensen looks back at the game and looks ahead for reasons to be optimistic.
Charlie Blackmon joins Arenado as a finalist for the Player of the Year award, as voted on by the players. Closer Greg Holland is a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year. We would want to have Rockies win these awards no matter what, but it would be especially gratifying for Arenado or Blackmon to win and show that players don’t care so much about Coors Field being their home ballpark.
They broke the rules but they didn’t cheat, at least according to an investigation by Major League Baseball. On the one hand, Arizona was the better team all night and I never really thought this watch thing had anything to do with it. On the other hand, I have the fan part of me that just still finds this kind of scummy and wants the Dodgers to dismiss the Diamondbacks quickly as a result.
Speaking of which, Justin Turner had a huge night as the Dodgers won the first game of their series against the Diamondbacks by a final score of 9-5. Clayton Kershaw did surrender four solo home runs, so we will find ourselves subjected to more talk of how he doesn’t get things done in the playoffs. Also Yasiel Puig’s tongue was a central player last night.