Sunday was exactly the type of win that the Dodgers should earn almost every time out against the worst team in baseball. The bats came to life and Julio Urias turned in a sparkling start. The bullpen backed him up and they got it done in a complete team win.
But that’s not always how the Dodgers have played in 2021, demonstrated by the extra-innings loss on Friday. Granted, the health of the roster has been questionable at best, but that’s not the full story.
After the win on Sunday, even Dave Roberts admitted it’s been tough to turn on the compete in 2021. The Dodgers skipper would go on to say that they need to continue to play with the sense of urgency that drives teams into the postseason.
I think we gotta be like that all year. It’s kind of hard to just turn it on right now. So I think we’ve got to do a better job of playing with some more urgency. I think that’s what we did really good last year and we haven’t done this year. …I think we just have to start playing with some more urgency and getting some things to turn our way instead of just waiting for it.
Do the additions of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner turn up the intensity? Maybe. But the Dodgers’ entire roster needs to show that sense of urgency in order to win the NL West and then advance deep into October.
Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Astros, the Dodgers are chasing the Giants by 3.5 games in the West. If they’re going to overtake them in the final 2 months of the season, they have to find another gear.