The Dodgers underachieved in so many places during their NLDS loss to the Padres in the 2022 postseason. None, however, proved more costly than the lack of production from the offense.
The 111-win Dodgers finished the regular season with a +334 run differential, tied for fourth on the all-time list with the 1936 Yankees. And yet, in the postseason, the Dodgers scored just 12 runs across four games, and were abysmal with runners in scoring position.
The experts here at Dodgers Nation looked into the disappointing bats in the NLDS and what the team needs to do to solve that issue in 2023.
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After leading the league with a .272 batting average with runners in scoring position in the regular season, the Dodgers hit just .147 (five for 34) with RISP in the NLDS. At one point, they had an 0-20 streak that was among the worst in MLB history.
Clearly, they need to make some changes ahead of next season. So Dodger fans should be very excited about the upcoming offseason, and the major moves that could come with it. Despite Andrew Friedman saying there will not be any coaching changes, a new voice or a different voice in the hitters meetings could change an approach that clearly works well in the regular season but misses the mark in October.
And, if the team doesn’t add a prominent vocal leader to the clubhouse, perhaps a change of scenery with Dave Roberts’ right-hand man in Bob Geren will inject some much needed fight into this club.
What do you think the Dodgers need to do to address this issue in the offseason? Who’s your dream free agent pick up? Let us know in the comments below!
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