The Dodgers are known for many things, but stealing just isn’t one of them. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the speed or skill to accomplish base stealing, it’s just ahs not been an important part of their offense.
Very rarely do we see a stolen base and it’s even rarer to see a game with multiple Dodgers stolen bases. Granted, the team did have two stolen bases by Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts on Friday night. But it’s still an infrequent thing to see in Los Angeles.
This year, the Dodgers are tied for 24th in the league with 23 stolen bases. Also, take into consideration that they’ve allowed far more stolen bases against them at 63. When asked if the club plans on utilizing the stolen base more into the offense, Dave Roberts half-heartedly agreed.
Yeah. I think that in the right spot it makes sense and just having that dynamic part of our game is important.
While Roberts’ words do offer a little optimism, it’s fair to wonder if his answer should have been a more clear yes. He of all people should know how important a stolen base can be. Just look at Cody Bellinger‘s stolen base in the second during Friday’s win against the Cubs. It resulted in him coming home on a Gavin Lux ground out. The Dodgers offense could certainly use another weapon to wield against opposing teams, especially with the struggles they have had.
Having guys like Bellinger, Mookie Betts, and Chris Taylor create havoc on base could allow for more offensive production. There is also no denying the impact it can have on the minds of opposing pitchers. Adding more base-stealing to this team may also create more of that intensity that has been lacking all season.
We’ll see what direction Doc wants to go moving forward.