The Los Angeles Dodgers ended their season a little too early than they expected but they can learn from their mistakes and move on. In his first year, Dave Roberts took the team to where no one expected him to but what happened to the Dodgers in the NLCS?
National League Division Series
During the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, Roberts’ unorthodox plays worked for the team and I think that was the only thing that kept them from advancing.
Also the Dodgers bats were hot.
Since the bats were hitting early in the games against the Nationals, this made the bullpen’s job easier to close out the game. Simple as that.
National League Championship Series
Despite the bad calls and the surprising lineups, the Cubs “outplayed” the Dodgers in the NLCS. The last two games against the Cubs, the Dodgers did not seem the essentials to win baseball games.
During the 2016 season, The Dodgers hit .210 and were outscored 30-17 (23-6 in the last three NLCS games). The Dodgers bullpen also was used too early in multiple games.
And you can shy away from these stats.
Dodgers Lineup in Game 6
Cubs Lineup in Game 6
Dodgers pitchers who struggled in the NLCS:
- Joe Blanton with a 21.00 ERA
- Ross Stripling with a 13.50 ERA
Dodgers hitting struggled in the NLCS:
The Dodgers have not reached the World Series in 28 consecutive years and that is a sad fact that Dodgers fans have to ponder about.
What do you think the Dodgers have to look forward to for the 2017 season?