Dodgers Dugout: Breaking down the Game 6 loss

A tough night for Clayton Kershaw.
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Hi, my name is Houston Mitchell, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. Today is not a good day.

Game 6 thoughts

--The Cubs are a better team than the Dodgers, who picked a bad time to play below their capabilities.

--It’s easy to be mad at some of the more obnoxious Cubs fans out there, but when you see interviews like the women whose husband died a few months ago, crying because she wishes he was here to see this, you realize that for a lot of people, yesterday was a very special day.


--The Dodgers haven’t been in a World Series since 1988. The only teams with longer droughts:  Seattle and Washington (never), Pittsburgh (1979), Milwaukee (1982) and Baltimore (1983).

--I wonder what Steve Bartman is thinking today.

--Joe Buck could barely call the final inning through his tears of joy.

--If you are looking for a breakdown of what changes the Dodgers will make, I’m going to wait a few days, once the emotions have settled down. There are definite improvements this team can make, but it’s never a good idea to make assessments when you are disappointed.


--All series long, I’m hoping for Andrew Toles to get more playing time, then he goes and makes that error.

--In fact, the Dodger defense seemed to be feeling a lot of pressure the last three games.

--Clayton Kershaw’s continued struggle in elimination games is just more testament to how amazing Sandy Koufax was.

--What else is left to say? I’ll be back a day or two after the World Series to discuss what the off-season holds for the Dodgers. Should they re-sign Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner? We’ll get into all of that and more. Until then, thanks for subscribing and thanks for reading.


In case you missed it

What our great crew of Los Angeles Times reporters is saying about the Dodgers:

Cubs rewrite their script while the Dodgers relive theirs

Dodgers failing isn’t a surprise


Cubs feel the passion of an entire city as they warn a trip to the World Series

What others are saying

Wrapping up the Dodgers’ 2016 season

Jansen reached new heights in playoffs


Reflecting on a Dodgers season that came so close

And finally

Wait till next year.

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