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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another year , another World Series celebration at Dodger Stadium by a team that wasn’t the Dodgers.It was almost too much to take for Los Angeles fans who watched the Boston Red Sox take the series in five games Sunday by winning 5-1, the same score of the Houston Astros‘ series-clinching win a year earlier.“It sucks a lot,” said fan Brian Beck, who sat in the stands through both the Red Sox and the Astros’ celebrations. “It’s one of the worst experiences as a fan ever.”The locals have now gone three decades without a World Series title, a span where other LA teams including the NBA’s Lakers and the NHL’s Kings have won multiple championships.Dodgers fan Glenda Morales looked dejected as she walked out of the stadium with her daughter, but insisted the feeling would pass, and so would the long championship drought.“I’m not hopeless, I’m hopeful,” Morales said. “It’ll happen.”Fans held on to a sliver of hope when Sunday began, with Clayton Kershaw, long the Dodgers’ best pitcher and a widely beloved figure in Southern California, on the mound for Game 5.It didn’t last long as Kershaw gave up a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, and the Red Sox took a lead they would never give back.The stadium’s many Boston fans, including famous ones such as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Adam Jones Jersey , sounded as loud as a home crowd by the final innings.Dodgers fans stood and shouted for a rally one last time in the eighth inning when down 5-1, but many headed to the exits once it ended.Some stayed until the bitter end, and after.“We want a full dose of disappointment to fuel our rage against the people responsible for not getting us through the series,” said Scott White.He suggested that Mike Scioscia, a former Dodger who recently stepped down as manager of the Angels, might be brought in to turn things around.“He needs to come back home and teach these guys how to play Dodger baseball,” White said.White said he feared his Dodgers were turning into the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, who went to the Super Bowl for four straight years in the 1990s and came away with zero championships.Despite the sad scene on the field, many in Dodger blue said they didn’t regret coming.Beck said while watching the loss was one of his least favorite experiences, being at the World Series with his sons was one of his best.Chris Ellis, a Dodgers fan who lives in Vancouver, Canada, flew down for Saturday and Sunday night’s games, both rough losses. Yet he said he had no regrets.“We lost to the Red Sox. So we lost to the best ,” Ellis said. “It’s sports. You win, you lose. But the World Series is a bucket-list thing.” Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAfter a thrilling Monday of bonus baseball to determine the NL Central and NL West champions, the playoff bracket is finally set.The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies both came up short in Game 163, and now they'll meet in the NL Wild Card Game for the right to move on to an NLDS matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.Ahead is everything you need to know about this year's NL Wild Card Game, with the pertinent viewing information and a full preview of the game. NL Wild Card Game:Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago CubsWhere:Wrigley Field, ChicagoDate:Tuesday, October 2Time:8 p.m. ETTV:ESPNLive Stream:WatchESPN PreviewKyle FreelandChris Coduto/Getty ImagesThe Cubs head into the wild-card game with the bitter taste of squandering a division title and home-field advantage on the National League side of the bracket still fresh in their mouths.While they won 95 games, a 6-6 finish to the season ended up being all it took for the streaking Brewers to finish erasing what had been a five-game lead in the standings on Sept. 2.The Rockies, on the other hand, were in third place in the NL West standings at the start of the day on Sept. 2, but a 19-9 final month that included a plus-59 run differential was enough for them to leapfrog the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings and the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card picture.Now those two clubs face a win-or-go-home matchup at Wrigley Field.The Cubs will turn to veteran ace Jon Lester and his wealth of postseason experience, while the Rockies will hand the ball to young standout Kyle Freeland.Lester:32 GS, 18-6, 3.32 ERA Chris Davis Jersey , 1.31 WHIP, 149 K, 181.2 IP, 3.4 WARFreeland:33 GS, 17-7, 2.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 173 K, 202.1 IP, 8.4 WARLester last pitched on Thursday, when he threw six scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates, so he'll be on normal rest.However, Freeland pitched on Friday, when he gave up 11 hits but just two runs against the Washington Nationals for his 17th win of the season.The 25-year-old has pitched on three days rest just once in his MLB career , and it did not go well. He lasted just three innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs.That could be the difference.That said, Freeland was solid against the Cubs at Wrigley Field back on April 30 in his lone start against them this year. He went seven innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs, taking the tough-luck loss.Lester also pitched in that game, allowing five hits and two unearned runs over 5.2 innings for a no-decision. That was his lone start against the Rockies this year.Anthony RizzoJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe two teams split the season series 3-3 and scored an identical 33 runs in the process, but their two meetings came at the end of April and start of May, so it's fair to say they are both different teams now.As far as hitters to watch, Anthony Rizzo is swinging a hot bat for the Cubs.He went 4-for-4 with two doubles on Sunday, then crushed a home run to deep right field on Monday.For the Rockies, David Dahl has crushed six home runs in his past eight games, and he posted a 1.012 OPS with nine home runs and 27 RBI in September.We've seen time and again that anything can happen in the wild-card game, so we won't bother making any predictions. But if the final month of the regular season is any indication of what we can expect from this year's postseason, buckle up.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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