The Dodgers offense hasn’t been stellar in the NLCS. Loaded with names from top to bottom, the Dodgers have failed to consistently hang crooked numbers against the Braves.
Mookie Betts believes it’s a mix of poor plate approach and the Braves pitching staff performing at a high level.
“We’ve had some bad approaches with men in scoring position. We can always take the blame, but I think we should give them some credit. Those arms over there are really good.”
The Atlanta relievers, especially AJ Minter and Jesse Chavez, have stifled the Dodgers in crucial situations.
AJ Minter, Nasty 86mph Changeup. ? pic.twitter.com/trRI3590Zp
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 21, 2021
Through the first four games against Atlanta, the Dodgers are 5 for 27 (.222) with runners in scoring position.
In the first inning of Game 3, the Dodgers had the chance to put the Braves on the ropes early. Already up 2-0, the Dodgers juiced the bases with two outs, but failed to get any more runs across. Instead, they coughed up the lead and needed a miraculous Cody Bellinger three-run homer and Mookie Betts RBI double to steal the win late.
Betts provided some thoughts on why that Dodgers eighth inning come back in Game 3 was possible.
“We put a good inning together for the first time in a while..we need to do that more often.”
Wednesday night apparently wasn’t part of “often”. The Dodgers lineup had just one walk total with four punch outs in a troubling 9-2 Game 4 loss to Atlanta. As a team, they only had two at-bats with runners in scoring position. AJ Pollock’s single plated the only two runs they would score.
Plate approach and timely hitting will be necessary if the Dodgers are going to rally back from another 3-1 NLCS deficit.
For once, the Los Angeles offense will need to score early and often to keep their season alive.