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Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Surprised by Disappointing Offense in NLDS

There are many different aspects people can point to that caused the Dodgers collapse in the postseason this year, but the biggest issue for them was the lack of offensive production. Simply put, the bats went ice cold when the team needed them most and LA couldn’t recover.

After a year that set records offensively, it was a strange sight indeed. Entering their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, most people were worried about how the pitching would hold up, but in the end, the offense doomed them once again.

The Dodger’s two best players who carried them all season long, went 1-21 combined in the series. That isn’t going to get it done in the postseason.

President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman finally spoke about the bitter playoff sweep and said that he was surprised that the offense spun out like it did.

“For offense to be an issue this year was really surprising to us,” Friedman said. “We scored over 900 runs for the first time in Los Angeles Dodgers history. It’s the best offensive team we’ve had in this run. So that was surprising to us. Obviously, there are three-game snippets throughout the year where our offense doesn’t perform. How much of it is that? How much of it is other things? I don’t know the answer. And a lot of these things it’s hard to know the answer to. “

Via Dodgers Nation YouTube Channel

This was one of the weirder postseasons in recent memory for the Dodgers, and now they enter into the offseason with all sorts of questions. It’s another year on the docket where the team underperformed in October, and fans have had enough of it.

Friedman continued his thoughts, discussing what the team could do about their October issues.

“There is an element that is October theater and just what plays out on a daily and nightly basis. And there’s other things that we can do a better job of. How to separate those, it’s incumbent upon us to figure out.”

Via Dodgers Nation YouTube Channel

No matter what the Dodgers do this offseason, they need to change the way they approach things. They can’t continue to operate within the status quo, otherwise, we will be right back in this situation all over again next year.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.


  1. The root cause of the Dodger’s post season collapse was their starting pitching. The bats were silent, however, they were always hitting with one foot in the grave. It’s difficult to hit knowing you’re down 6-0, 3-0, 4-0 right from the get go. I’ve never seen anyone hit a 7 run homer. Friedman rolled the dice by not acquiring quality starters. He lost. The Dodgers never had a chance to go deep into the playoffs. Starter one has a brittle shoulder, starter two has never pitched in the post season, and, starter three throws BP pitches. Really? We were doomed from the start.

  2. Agree with Tom. Will add to this the specific fact that the Dodgers gambled by starting Kershaw in the first game. He has characteristically had problem in the postseason. They had other options.

    I will also suggest the wide gap in hitting performance between the season and postseason was due to the fact that their season was dominated by home run hitting. This does not translate to the postseason where contact hitting is far more successful. In my view, the Dodgers need to add a couple of .300 hitters to their lineup during the offseason. Shohei can fit that bill. At least one other would be nice. Will Busch be that guy?

    1. The dodgers let Corey seager walk, obviously he was the only player that could rise to playoff tension. Friedman screwed the pooch on that. I ordered a pair of hbl headphones 3 years ago one side says Kershaw & the other SEAGER. I wad sure the dodgers saw the playoff hitting & would find a way to sign him.

  3. Andrew FAILman speaks! How about allowing Home Run King Lynn to give up four homers in one inning! Failure! The only one to give Miller advice about controlling his nerves on the mound was Lynn.Failure! Why was Barnes on the regular and post season roster?Failure! Why wasn’t Rosario on the post season roster?Failure! Now there’s talk about trading for Trout.What has done in the post season?Absolutely nothing!Say it again!Check your ANALytics stats! I’m done,not spending a dime at the Ravine!

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