Being hopeless isn’t just about losing. That’s why it’s not the Astros or Cubs. It’s not about expectations, which is why the Yankees aren’t there. It isn’t about fan anger, bad front office decisions and missed opportunities. That’s what keeps the Phillies out of the list. And it’s not about being cursed.
Nope: it takes a special mixture of losing and team circumstances. Which is why, according to Grant Brisbee at SB Nation, the Colorado Rockies are the most hopeless franchise in baseball.
Go check out his reasoning, which is hard to argue with. He also touches on the relative hopelessness of some of those other franchises mentioned above.
So much for a Game 7 nail-biter. The Brewers and Dodgers were separated by just one run for the first five innings of Saturday’s NLCS finale, but a monster three-run shot from Yasiel Puig boosted the Dodgers to a four-run advantage in the top of the sixth.
The timing couldn’t have been better for Los Angeles. Brewers’ left-hander Josh Hader entered the game in the third inning and dominated the opposition for three scoreless innings, then was replaced on the mound by fellow lefty Xavier Cedeño. Cedeño promptly issued a leadoff single to Max Muncy to start the sixth and, just as promptly, was lifted for right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. After giving up another base hit to Justin Turner, it looked like Jeffress turned a corner. He induced a fly out from Manny Machado, then got Cody Bellinger to ground into a force out to shift the Dodgers’ runners to the corners with two outs.
That didn’t faze Puig, however. After appearing in 10 playoff games without a single home run, the outfielder blasted a 1-1 knuckle curve to center field to pad the Dodgers’ lead.
With three innings left to play, it’s still too soon to say whether or not the Dodgers just punched their ticket to the World Series. They lead the Brewers 5-1 in the seventh.