The 2021 season might have been one of the most challenging for the Dodgers in recent years. With so many things seemingly working against them, it’s wild that they managed to fight all the way to the National League Championship Series. It was also no surprise to see the Braves knock them out with relative ease.
But the sheer number of injuries endured last season alone took the life out of the Dodgers. They tried to overcome that by landing Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in a deal, and that worked through the end of the season. But those injuries combined with Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave were just too much to overcome.
The Giants overperformed all season long, eventually leading Dodgers fans to realize that they are just a good team. The two NL West teams exchanged blows all season long, with San Francisco ultimately taking the division title. But the Dodgers got the last laugh in the Division Series.
But for what feels like the first time, Doc admitted to the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett today that the Dodgers just ran out of energy in 2021. The constant fight of the season combined with the injuries took it out of them, and the Braves rolled past.
“We were gassed. Having to play tooth and nail to ultimately concede the division to the Giants — which they earned it — and then to play a one-game, do-or-die to find a way to win a game. Then to go up to the Bay and play five games and then to go on the road and play Atlanta. We were gassed. No excuses. We lost to a better team, playing better.”
The Dodgers came into the postseason and struggled to get things going offensively. With the exception of a few players, all of the bats struggled at all of the wrong times. It’s hard to say exactly what was the cause of that, but the emotional and physical stress that the 2021 season brought cannot be discounted.
It was a rough year for a lot of different reasons for the Dodgers. But they come into the 2022 season ready to go, and hopefully with the depth to make a run.