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Sometimes, all a manager can do is sit back and shake his head. Joe Torre was forced to sit and watch a high-caliber team under perform and make too many mistakes in a forgetful 4-1 NLCS series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. In their four losses, the Dodgers actually outhit the Phillies 35-34. Considering that they went 79-15 during the regular season when outhitting an opponent, thatÆs a pitiful result for the Dodgers. They had too many runners left on base or caught stealing. Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal batted a combined 5-for-40 (.125) in the NLCS. Even worse, Furcal scored zero runs during the series. His lack of production at the top of the order further incapacitated an already struggling lineup. Matt Kemp, despite a mammoth home run, struck out eight times in only 20 at-bats ...

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