Dodgers’ NLDS Exit: Freeman and Betts Underperform in Stunning Loss to Diamondbacks

Star players Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts struggled in the NLDS, contributing to the Dodgers' shocking series loss to the Diamondbacks.

In a stunning turn of events, the Los Angeles Dodgers faced a heartbreaking exit from the National League Division Series (NLDS) at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite a season filled with promise and regular-season dominance, the Dodgers found themselves on the wrong side of history, and much of the blame falls on the shoulders of two of their biggest stars, Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Freeman and Betts went a combined 1-21 in the three-game NLDS series.
  • Despite regular-season success, the Dodgers continue to struggle in the postseason.
  • Questions loom about the team’s future and what changes may be in store.

The NLDS series saw Freeman and Betts, who were both prominently featured in the National League MVP race throughout the season, falter when it mattered most. Their combined 1-21 performance at the plate cast a shadow over the Dodgers’ postseason aspirations. While it’s essential to acknowledge that the entire team shares some responsibility for the loss, these two stars undeniably played a significant role in the disappointing outcome.

“It’s hard to put into words. It’s just frustrating and, me and a lot of us didn’t play the way we wanted to.”


Freddie Freeman, known for his consistency as a hitter, experienced an uncharacteristic slump during the latter part of the regular season, and this struggle unfortunately extended into the postseason. Opportunities arose for the Dodgers, but the team as a whole failed to capitalize on them.

“I had pitches to hit all night and rolled them over, just like I’ve been doing for five weeks.”


Despite boasting 100 regular-season wins, the Dodgers find themselves once again without a postseason crown. The frustration of consistently underperforming in the playoffs has become an all too familiar theme for the team. With the exception of their World Series victory in 2020, LA has repeatedly fallen short of expectations when it matters most.

As the winter approaches, the Dodgers face a period of introspection and uncertainty. Fans and analysts alike are left wondering what changes may be on the horizon to ensure that these early playoff exits become a thing of the past. The pressure is on for the organization to make strategic moves that will help them regain their postseason dominance and translate regular-season success into championship glory.

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