So far, 20 games into the new season, things have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the Dodgers. The team opened the season well, winning 13 of 15 games. However, since a loss to the Padres last Sunday, there’s been a marked change in the cleanliness of play for the boys in blue.
On the season, the Dodgers have committed 13 errors in 20 games, 2nd most in the National League. Moreover, 4 of those have come in the last 5 games. More than that, while not every miscue has been accounted for as an official error in the scorebook, there are some plays that — let’s be honest — the Dodgers make that aren’t being made this season.
Friday alone featured a wild throw from the outfield by AJ Pollock and a pop foul that Edwin Rios quit on and did not secure.
After Friday night’s loss to the Padres, Dave Roberts was asked about the uncharacteristically poor defense on display by LA. In short, he didn’t have an answer for it.
It’s certainly gotta get better. It’s certainly not what we’re used to doing as far as playing clean baseball defensively. I don’t know the cause, but I know that our guys are prepared every day … I wish I had an answer for it.
At the moment, poor defense combined with historically poor offense is a terrible combination against one of the better teams in baseball. And that’s evident in the win column. Or loss column more accurately.
I’m spitballing here, but the Dodgers have been noticeably flat recently. Games have felt more sluggish and without energy. Admittedly, the team is banged up and missing spark plugs like Gavin Lux, Cody Bellinger, and now Zach McKinstry. Still, a thought could creep into the back of your mind that begs the question, is this a late-onset World Series hangover?
After receiving a gaudy World Series ring, I too could see myself losing perhaps a hint of motivation. But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.
The Dodgers continue this 4 game set with the Padres at Dodger Stadium tonight with Trevor Bauer on the bump against offseason acquisition Blake Snell.