The Dodgers are in a rut, it’s as simple as that. The team uncharacteristically has struggled to provide any sort of consistent play over the last month and it has come back to bite them. LA now sits in third place within the NL West after being swept by the San Francisco Giants at home this weekend. The Dodgers went 2-4 over their six game home stand, including a 15-0 loss on Saturday evening.
Through the three games against the Giants, LA was outscored 29-8. This includes San Francisco being no hit through six innings on Friday night before the Dodgers bullpen imploded. This type of prolonged stretch of poor play is something that the team hasn’t seen in quite some time. Since May 18, the Dodgers are 11-17 overall and are spiraling. However, manager Dave Roberts isn’t too concerned about his team’s struggles of late.
“This is as long [of a rut] as I can remember,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “We’re obviously trying to find solutions. … As far as level of concern, not concerned overall. It doesn’t feel good to lose, certainly over a stretch like this. We just have to focus on playing good baseball. If we do that, it will change.”Per MLB.com
The Dodgers have a ton of talent on the roster and are still a good baseball club despite all the issues. But they do need to hone in and fix the little things if they want any chance of winning come October. Or even getting October at this point.
The bullpen has been a major problem and has led to multiple blown leads. The regression shown from a few players has also caused issues for this team. LA decided to go with a youth movement this season rather than replace the talent that they lost over the offseason and while a few players have shown promise, we are now seeing some cracks in the plan.
“It’s been hard, obviously, to build any kind of momentum,” Roberts said. “There’s things that we have to do better when things aren’t going well. Little things, the execution part of things, that certainly when things aren’t going well, are going to show themselves.”Per MLB.com
LA has many questions to answer as this season goes on. They need to address them sooner rather than later otherwise they will dig a hole for themselves that is too deep to climb out of, even for their level of talent. If anything, maybe the Dodgers can take this past week and erase it from their memory. Every day is a new day and a new challenge so looking forward may be their best option.
The team has another off day on Monday before they head down the I-5 for a quick two game series with the Angels. They then return home for a matchup with the defending champion Houston Astros so the schedule doesn’t let up. LA has a chance to right some wrongs from this poor stretch by going out and executing this week.
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