The Dodgers reacted to one of the worst losses in their history like champions. So now they are one victory away from actually calling themselves that.
Mookie Betts, Corey Seager and Clayton Kershaw quickly established yesterday was yesterday, so tomorrow the Dodgers are in position to clinch their first title since 1988. Saturday was for regret, Sunday for redemption and now Tuesday can be for baseball’s ultimate reward.
Los Angeles suffered the kind of setback Saturday that can last forever. The Dodgers were done with it 24 hours later, just as they had promised.
“We showed up worrying about today [Game 5],” first baseman Max Muncy said.
So for Los Angeles, World Series Game 4 was brutal, the Game 5 response beautiful. They won with long at-bats and short memories. Kershaw negated a straight steal attempt of home by Manuel Margot and found huge outs in big moments.
And Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts, whose decision making — like Kershaw’s pitching — has faced a lot of October criticism, made a series of relief moves that all could have been second-guessed. Each worked. A lot of Roberts’ postseason body blows revolve around sticking too long with Kershaw…