The Los Angeles Dodgers had a phenomenal season. They accomplished a new franchise record in wins at 111 and dominated every one of their opponents.
However, in their last 17 games of the regular season, the Dodgers went 10-7, averaging only 3.6 runs a game and had 14 errors. Not exactly how you want to be entering the postseason, but they were able to afford to play sloppy, considering the Dodgers clinched the NL West in mid-September.
Insider, 570’s, David Vassegh, asked superstar Freddie Freeman if the Dodgers have maintained that ‘edge’ closing the season.
“I think so, I mean we won 111 games you gotta keep the edge for a long time to be able to do something like that every day when you come into the yard there’s a game and you expect to win and that’s what we did every time you step on the field. The other team can beat you and you gotta be able to be at your best and I think we did that very well.”
Even the mighty Dodgers will have some slip-ups throughout a 162-game season. That’s just how baseball is, no matter how cliche.
But, the lack of defense and sloppiness displayed as of late is unacceptable. You can’t just flip the on-and-off switch whenever necessary (although the Dodgers might be able to, they’re that good), but those aren’t good tendencies to carry into the postseason.
We’ll see if their play toward the end of the season was just to get it over with or if it’s a sign of bad things to come for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers are a veteran team that knows what is at stake and knows this is a championship-or-bust season. I’m going to say this team will be ready to show why they earned the No. 1 overall seed come Tuesday.
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