Tuesday night was another example of a troublesome trend for the Dodgers in 2021. With 2 runners on base in the 9th, Los Angeles had the chance to win the game with a ball in the gap. Instead, Mookie Betts was robbed of a game-winner on a flyball at the wall.
It was the 13th time the Dodgers have lost a game by 1-run in 2021. Generally speaking, that’s a troublesome trend for any big league team. But Los Angeles also has a few games mixed in where they overcame big deficits and came up just short of a comeback.
When asked about their league-leading 13th 1-run loss, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t have much of an answer. Instead, he chose to find the silver lining of it all, pointing out how they’ve been able to stay in the game in a lot of their losses.
You know, I don’t know. Obviously, it means that we’re in a lot of our games and the win/loss could be a lot different. I haven’t really dissected each game because I think each game is different and we found ways to lose those games I think in different ways. I guess I’ll just take from it that essentially every night we have a chance to win.
In some ways, Doc is right about the Dodgers being in every one of those losses. But it’s also tough to swallow those losses when it’s only by 1 run. Especially in games like Tuesday night when they were just a few inches away from winning the ballgame. The same could be said of last Friday when Albert Pujols was robbed of a walk-off homerun.
The hope is that at some point, the breaks start to go the Dodgers’ way. But until then, they’ve got to keep grinding out games and finding ways to win some ballgames.