The Los Angeles Dodgers had the highest payroll in baseball this season and were a favorite to win the World Series; the St. Louis Cardinals had a payroll $124 million less than that of the Dodgers.
Despite the difference in payroll and arguably talent, the Cardinals outplayed the Dodgers for the second straight year in the postseason. Matt Carpenter had himself a series as he hit .375 with three home runs and seven RBIs in four NLDS games.
After being eliminated, Matt Kemp called the Cardinals the better team and manager Don Mattingly credited them for coming through in key moments. However, Carpenter had a different take when the Dodgers were brought up in a press conference Friday.
The Cardinals’ third baseman said when the NLDS opponents were lined up on paper, it was the Dodgers who appeared to have the better team.
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