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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 http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-adam-frazier-jersey , 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, 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 Chad Kuhl Jersey , 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??hich ranked second in the Senior Circuit with a 3.47 regular-season ERA??nd wear them out early.Instead, 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 http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-ivan-nova-jersey , 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, 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. NEW YORK (AP) ? Julio Teheran delivered a final pitch, watched the shortstop drift back to make a nice catch and walked off the mound clapping his right hand and glove together.After the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker applauded Teheran http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jameson-taillon-jersey , too.Teheran looked sharp in his last audition to become part of Atlanta?s playoff rotation, throwing two-hit ball for six innings Thursday night in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets.?That?s the way I wanted to finish the regular season,? Teheran said.The NL East champion Braves didn?t start first baseman Freddie Freeman and center fielder Ender Inciarte, and they were minus injured shortstop Dansby Swanson for the second straight game.Teheran (9-9) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two, and trailed 1-0 when he exited. The start came exactly a week before the Braves are set to begin the postseason against the NL West champs, either Colorado or the Los Angeles Dodgers.In the race for home-field advantage in that matchup, Atlanta and Colorado are 89-70 and the Dodgers are 88-71; the Braves don?t own either tiebreaker, having lost the head-to-head season series against both clubs.Teheran won just one of his last 10 outings, but Snitker observed, ?he?s pitched better than this record.?Plus this: Opponents hit only .196 against him, besting Greg Maddux (.197 in 1995) for the lowest mark in franchise history, the Braves said. All-Star Mike Foltynewicz could top him ? he?s at .198 going into Friday night?s start at Philadelphia.The 27-year-old Teheran started for the Braves the previous time they made the playoffs in 2013 and has long been a key piece of their staff Brad Hand Jersey , but his place this October is uncertain. He?s been inconsistent at times, albeit more steady down the stretch.Snitker hasn?t said who will pitch in the playoffs. Foltynewicz, Kevin Gausman and Anibal Sanchez are considered likely to lock down the first three starts in the best-of-five NL Division Series, perhaps leaving Teheran and Sean Newcomb and maybe even rookie Touki Toussaint to compete for the fourth spot.?I got in the back of my mind what I?m thinking,? Snitker said, without revealing any details.?This isn?t tryout camp,? he said, adding, ?I think the total body of work speaks for itself.?Teheran gave up a leadoff double to Brandon Nimmo in the first and a home run to Kevin Plawecki in the third.Pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco connected for a three-run homer off Brad Brach in the seventh that made it 4-0.Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI single in the eighth.The Braves beat New York in the opener of this three-game series for their sixth straight win. But Mets starters Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Jason Vargas combined for 21 scoreless innings in the set, and New York finished 6-13 against Atlanta this year.Vargas (7-9) needed just 77 pitches for seven shutout innings in his best start of the year.?Good job,? Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ?He finished the season strong for us.?Vargas gave up three hits, walked none and struck out six http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-chase-headley-jersey , pitching in light rain in the later innings. The 35-year-old lefty tied for the major league lead with 18 wins last season with Kansas City but struggled early after signing a $16 million, two-year deal with the Mets.Vargas went 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA in his last eight starts.Robert Gsellman worked the ninth for his 13th save. He struck out Freeman with two on to end it.WRIGHT YOU AREMets third baseman David Wright didn?t play despite scattered chants of ?We want David!? Activated this week, he hasn?t played in the majors since May 2016 because of neck, back and shoulder injuries. The Mets have planned for him to start Saturday night at Citi Field against Miami.The 35-year-old team captain left a spirited reminder of his days in the clubhouse before the game. A bottle of tequila was put in each teammate?s locker, with his No. 5 and the message, ?Thanks for the memories.?TRAINER?S ROOMBraves: No update on Swanson, diagnosed this week with a partially torn ligament in his left hand. A progress report is possible over the weekend. Swanson?s status remains uncertain for Atlanta?s playoff opener next Thursday. Charlie Culberson again took Swanson?s place.UP NEXTBraves: Foltynewicz (12-10, 2.88 ERA) pitches at Citizens Bank Park to open the final series of the regular season. Last Saturday, he took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against the Phillies in the division clincher.Mets: RHP Corey Oswalt (3-3, 6.08) starts at home vs. RHP Jose Urena (8-12, 4.07) and the Marlins.

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