ATLANTA – Baseball’s most expensive payroll couldn’t buy the Los Angeles Dodgers another title.
And some of the major acquisitions stayed inside the cave at the most important moment.
The defending World Series champion Dodgers were unable to revalidate. They fell 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
Thus was cut a streak of seven consecutive victories for Los Angeles in games where he ran the risk of being eliminated.
Max Scherzer was a mere spectator from the dugout, unable to enter Game 6 as planned due to persistent fatigue in his powerful right arm.
Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy and Justin Turner were also unable to participate due to injuries.
Among those players they accumulate 12 All-Star Games.
When the elimination of a team that had won 106 games in the regular season came, it was particularly painful. Expectations were high for the large expense.
It was believed that the squad had enough variations to overcome injuries that would spell the ruin of any other team.
“I’ve said it before: I know we have a high payroll, but that’s what you get when you pay to become players,” second baseman Trea Turner said before Saturday’s game. “You have talent and variants.”
Scherzer, a candidate to win his fourth Cy Young trophy, was to be the base of the rotation in the playoffs. Instead, he started Game 2 of the Championship Series with just two days off, after serving a 13-pitch save in the division series win.
His arm never recovered.
The Dodgers, who advanced to the playoffs on the wild-card ticket, expected Scherzer to start Game 7 on Sunday.
Instead, it is not known if the pitcher will ever reappear with the team. A free agent will be declared.
A payroll that exceeded 198 million dollars could not overcome several blows.