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So Long, 2014

Man. Man. Baseball, right? Having slept on it, I’ve come to the conclusion that what happened was always going to happen. To expect Clayton Kershaw, on short rest, to seamlessly hand it off to Kenley Jansen, was probably unrealistic. To expect Jansen to get six outs — a thing he’s never done — was hardly…

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So, About Game 3 Of the NLDS Last Night…

I know the Dodgers have lost only two games this postseason, but doesn’t it feel like, I don’t know, 20? Even their Game 2 win, fueled by Matt Kemp‘s huge homer, was wrapped in J.P. Howell coughing up a late lead. Last night’s Game 3 was no different, with Scott Elbert doing the honors, and…

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What’s Wrong With J.P. Howell?

The story of Game 2 of the NLDS was largely about whether Don Mattingly should or shouldn’t have yanked Zack Greinke. It’s not a question anyone would have been asking if J.P. Howell had done his job, which was to get out lefties Oscar Taveras and Matt Carpenter. He didn’t, and so Mattingly’s choice became…