Things have been going well for the Dodgers in the month of August, but Friday night’s loss to the Colorado Rockies was a reminder of an issue that has plagued them all season long.
With one man on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers were trying to build a last-minute rally in an attempt to win the game. Corey Seager had worked the count full and received what looked like ball 4 to put two men on base. Instead, he was rung up on one of the worst blown calls this season.
You CAN'T have this bs from umpire Jim Wolf. The stakes are too high. Dodgers are mounting a comeback in the 9th and you make this shit call? Managers need the option to challenge a few calls cuz this is not it! Bad for the product. Hurts the game.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) August 28, 2021
You can chalk it up as the human element of the game, but the bottom line is that these missed calls have been happening much more often. The Dodgers, in particular, seem to have it worse than any other team in baseball. Heading into Friday’s game, they led the league in called strike threes on pitches outside the zone.
This bad call made us wonder which teams were robbed by called third strikes on pitches out of the strike zone most often. Here's the list in case you were wondering, too. https://t.co/VE5Nnzrz7c pic.twitter.com/QVVAzLgrLj
— Inside Edge (@IE_MLB) August 27, 2021
I feel like I should say that these blown calls don’t excuse any losses this season, because there are plenty of opportunities across 9 innings to get some runs across. What it does say, however, is that no team in baseball has had to work around as many bad calls as the Dodgers. This is a team that prides itself on plate discipline and that’s something that should be rewarded, not penalized.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said himself that the 2 blown calls weren’t the difference-maker. Still, it’s really odd that they’ve had so many calls go against them.