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Harry How/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2018 playoffs with the highest payroll of any National League postseason qualifier.The Milwaukee Brewers entered the 2018 playoffs with the lowest payroll of any National League postseason qualifier.After the Brewers shut out the Dodgers 4–0 on Monday in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series <a title=„http://­www.arizonacar­dinalsteamonli­ne.com/pat-tillman-jersey“ href=„http://­www.arizonacar­dinalsteamonli­ne.com/pat-tillman-jersey“>http://ww­w.arizonacardi­nalsteamonline­.com/pat-tillman-jersey</a> , the boys in blue are at risk of another epic autumn collapse.Given the dinero disparity, no one outside of L.A. will pity them.If you go by Spotrac, the Dodgers paid $200 million for their roster and the Brew Crew paid $109 million (rounding up).Yet, despite the massive dollar differential, Los Angeles is teetering on the edge of an October calamity. So much money. So few results.Yes, L.A. has won six straight division titles and advanced to Game 7 of the World Series in 2017.Executive Andrew Friedman and company have constructed an annually relevant operation thanks to an effective drafting and development strategy, aggressive moves on the international market and the backing of deep-pocketed owners.That said, the Dodgers haven't hoisted a Commissioner's Trop­hy since 1988. Contending is fine, but what is it worth if you're always the Brooklyn Bridegrooms and never the bride?The Dodgers dispatched the youthful Atlanta Braves in four games in the National League Division Series. Goliath won that round. Tip your slingshot.Through three games against Milwaukee, on the other hand, Los Angeles hasn't played like a powerhouse bound for confetti and champagne.On Monday <a title=„Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey“ href=„http://­www.arizonacar­dinalsteamonli­ne.com/josh-rosen-jersey“>Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey</a> , Dodgers hitters were frequently befuddled by the smoke-and-mirrors breaking-ball stylings of 30-year-old journeyman Jhoulys Chacin.Bill Shaikin BillShaikinDodgers tonight, by the numbers:0: Home runs0: Runs scored0: Hits with runners in scoring position10: AB with runners in scoring position14: Strikeouts.Final: Brewers 4, Dodgers 0. The Brewers are halfway to the World Series.Credit to Chacin, who has made previous stops with the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Braves, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. He arrived with his A-game at Chavez Ravine.Then again, he's precisely the type of hurler the high-priced Dodgers should attack with relish. The Brewers were a great story after defeating the Chicago Cubs in a one-game tiebreaker, winning the NL Central and besting the Rockies in the division series, but the knock against them was a lack of elite starting pitching.On Monday, they were entering a stretch of three games in three days on the road. This was L.A.‚s chance to get to Milwaukee's bu­llpen鈥攚hich ranked second in the Senior Circuit with a 3.47 regular-season ERA鈥攁nd wear them out early.Instead <a title=„http://­www.arizonacar­dinalsteamonli­ne.com/josh-rosen-jersey“ href=„http://­www.arizonacar­dinalsteamonli­ne.com/josh-rosen-jersey“>http://ww­w.arizonacardi­nalsteamonline­.com/josh-rosen-jersey</a> , they shot blanks against Chacin and allowed him to chew precious innings while maintaining a zero on the scoreboard.That's not the way a title favorite behaves.Superstar and trade-deadline cavalry Manny Machado went 2-for-3 with a double. Overall, though, Los Angeles‘ bats were limp.Hyped, fireballing rookie Walker Buehler showed flashes of a future ace after getting an intro from none other than Ben Stein. When the dust settled, however, he was outdueled by Chacin.Buehler…Bu­ehler?Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers looked solid in spurts. Ultimately, they crumbled. It's becoming an all-too-familiar refrain.Add the continued, incongruous postseason mediocrity of Clayton Kershaw, and there's cause for sweaty-palmed hand-wringing in SoCal.Here's what Kershaw, one of the greatest pitchers of his generation and possibly all-time,told reportersafter the Dodgers' Game 7 loss to the Astros in the 2017 Fall Classic: „Maybe one of these days <a title="Josh Rosen Jersey Limited“ href=„http://­www.arizonacar­dinalsteamonli­ne.com/josh-rosen-jersey“>Josh Rosen Jersey Limited</a> , I won't fail, we won't fail and we'll win one of these things.„Maybe? Maybe isn't good enough. Windows don't stay open forever, even when you spend the gross domestic product of a small nation on payroll and face a small-market engine that could like Milwaukee.Another deep run won't suffice. Even another NL flag won't suffice. It's title or bust. After Game 3's goose egg against the Brewers, "bust“ is the operative word.All statistics current as of Monday and courtesy of Baseball Reference. Andrew McCutchen lost his luggage but found his batting stroke.When the New York Yankees arrived at the team hotel Thursday in Seattle after a charter flight from San Francisco, McCutchen’s bags were missing.“They couldn’t find it. It ended up being here at the ballpark,” McCutchen said of his luggage, which was brought from Safeco Field to his hotel room about 8 p.m. on Thursday’s off day.Article continues below …“I was just chilling in my robe the majority of the day, really,” McCutchen said.As for the batting stroke?After flying out to center field in his first at-bat Friday, making him 1-for-17 with the Yankees since being acquired Aug. 31 from San Francisco, McCutchen came up in the third inning with a runner on against Mariners left-hander James Paxton and hit a two-run shot to left-center field. It was his first home run for the Yankees.“I felt awesome. It’s the sixth game for me here <a title=„Authentic Julio Jones Jersey“ href=„http://­www.atlantafal­consteamonline­.com/julio-jones-jersey“>Authentic Julio Jones Jersey</a> , but it feels good to get a big hit like that,” McCutchen said after New York’s 4–0 victory. “I just hope something like that will get you going and start throwing the hits out there after that.”McCutchen led off Saturday’s 4–2 victory with a home run off longtime Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and will try to extend the streak Sunday in the series finale at Safeco Field.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he felt good about the contact McCutchen made in his first at-bat Friday and mentioned that to the outfielder on the bench.“I think the at-bats have been good from him,” Boone said. “We’ve seen him obviously take some walks, and that’s been something he’s done all year (and) really throughout his career.”McCutchen said he wasn’t discouraged during his 1-for-17 stretch.“Because overall, I was having good swings, taking good passes at balls and grinding out at-bats,” McCutchen said. “Overall, I wasn’t frustrated. Just matter of time when the hits will fall.”The Yankees will not only be going after a sweep of the three-game series Sunday but also a season sweep. They defeated the Mariners three straight times in June in New York.Left-hander CC Sabathia (7–6, 3.54 ERA) is scheduled to start against Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (2–3, 5.56). Sabathia is 14–6 with a 2.57 ERA in 28 career starts against Seattle, including 10–1 in 14 appearances at Safeco Field. He’s 7–0 with a 1.13 ERA in his past eight starts in Seattle <a title=„Julio Jones Jersey Limited“ href=„http://­www.atlantafal­consteamonline­.com/julio-jones-jersey“>Julio Jones Jersey Limited</a> , allowing one or fewer runs in seven of them. Ramirez is 2–2 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 career appearances against the Yankees. In four starts, he’s 2–0 with a 1.13 ERA.The Mariners have scored three or fewer runs in five of their past six games, dropping 7 1/2 games behind Oakland in the race for the American League’s second and final wild-card berth.“It’s a broken record, it really is,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said of the offensive futility. “Some nights it’s a good pitcher, other nights we’re just not squaring the ball up. Unfortunately, the timing of this (slump) is pretty bad.”


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