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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Urges Offense to Undergo Full Reset Ahead of Game 3

It is no secret that the Dodgers offense has struggled through the first two games of the NLDS. Through 18 innings, the team has put up four runs and has missed plenty of opportunities to score more.

So far in the series against the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers are 2-12 with runners in scoring position. This includes multiple times in Game 2 when the team had opportunities to tie in the game with runners on.

Now that the offense is having a hard time producing runs, Dave Roberts is urging his time to change their approach when hitting at the plate.

“But I still think that being mindful of just taking one at-bat, one quality at-bat at a time, regardless of how long they run their starter out there tomorrow and go to their bullpen, or regardless of the situation,” said Roberts via Zoom on Tuesday.

When the team doesn’t hit the long ball, the Dodgers are having a tough time scoring.

In Game 2, the scoring started for the Dodgers with a home run by J.D. Martinez. In the innings following the home run, the Dodgers were unable to produce runs unless the DBacks were giving out free bases.

Through two games, the Dodgers have only managed to record ten hits compared to Arizona’s 21.

Roberts is hoping that if the Dodgers could get more quality at-bats in, they will have the same success that they saw during the regular season.

“And that’s been something that we pulled from this year. That’s been beneficial. It’s easy to kind of get away from that. But the reset part of it is, obviously it’s really crucial where we’re at,” said Roberts.

The Dodgers had an optional workout prior to Game 3 at Chase Field that Roberts skipped out on. He spent the time instead to have meetings with the team’s front office. It was there that the game planning team made the decision to drop James Outman from the lineup and put the veteran Kiké Hernandez in center field. Will Smith was also moved down in the batting order with Martinez moving up.

With the season on the line, LA is getting desperate.

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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