The Dodgers are still reeling after one of the most disappointing playoff exits in recent team history — and after last season, that’s saying something.
In just three games, the Dodgers were smacked around by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who cruised to a spot in the NLCS. The Dodgers were outscored 19-6 and never held a lead in the entire series.
On the offensive side, the Dodgers bats were equally disappointing. As a team, LA held a .177 batting average and hit just one home run in 96 at-bats.
“Ideally, I would love to have one clear answer so you can remedy it,” Roberts said. “I think the facts are we didn’t get good starting pitching out of the gate. We didn’t catch a lead in the entire series. And the bats, we just didn’t hit.”Via MLB Network Radio
Because the Dodgers won the NL West, they had the luxury of taking time off from baseball during the Wild Card round. However, Roberts feels that the break from baseball threw off his players while Arizona continued to heat up through October.
“Then you kind of take the second layer with the layoff … certainly not ideal,” Roberts said. “I think that anyone that picked up a baseball bat understands that baseball is a rhythm sport, but when you’re mired in it, you’re in it. You can’t let that bleed into your thought process and you’ve got to make the best with whatever circumstance and we clearly didn’t.”Via MLB Network Radio
The Dodgers will have several issues to address in the offseason, and a lack of a clutch player in the postseason could be atop that list.
The Arizona Diamondbacks begin the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday at 5:07 p.m. PDT.
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