After keeping up their intensity pretty well for the first few weeks after the games became meaningless, the Dodgers have finally hit a lull, losing three straight games to the Rockies heading into today’s series (and season) finale.
Trea Turner has struggled the past month, and Freddie Freeman has posted three straight 0-for-4 games and watched what looked like a sure bet to get to 200 hits fizzle away. The offense overall has scored just four runs in the three losses. Basically everyone except Trayce Thompson has been off for the last week or four.
Dodgers wRC+ since 9/15:
Thompson (48 PA): 159
J. Turner (46 PA): 128
Freeman (71 PA): 126
Smith (61 PA): 124
Muncy (66 PA): 109
Bellinger (49 PA): 97
Betts (70 PA): 88
Barnes (31 PA): 86
Vargas (22 PA): 63
Turner (76 PA): 62
Taylor (49 PA): 48
Gallo (37 PA): 47
Lux (45 PA): -1
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) October 4, 2022
But L.A. manager Dave Roberts, when asked by the media after the game if he’s concerned about all the struggles, didn’t seem overly worried.
“I’m not worried. It’s not worrisome. I do think it’s a part of some human nature that there’s a little edge that’s not there given the circumstances. But, the guys that aren’t hitting well … there’s guys in the cage right now trying to work through some things. It’s not from lack of effort. We’ll be ready when it counts.”
The Dodgers have one more game that doesn’t count, then five days off, so hopefully the rest and relaxation will help the entire team come into the NLDS ready to fire on all cylinders and pound the solid pitching staff of whichever of the Padres and Mets survives the Wild Card round.
The hallmark of this team has been their ability to take each game as it comes with a focus on today. The players have led this mindset, and you have to imagine they’ll be having some great conversations during their time off.
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