The Dodgers have truly struggled to piece things together this season. Just when it seemed that the team had figured things out with a blowout victory against the Cincinnati Reds, they put together back-to-back games with practically zero offense.
Part of the inability to win stems from some bad luck with balls put in play, but that excuse can only be used so much. The reality is that the Dodgers have been incapable of stringing together any kind of rally when it matters most. Following a second consecutive loss to the Brewers on Friday evening, outfielder AJ Pollock gave his thoughts on why the team has struggled lately.
I think we went through a stretch where out at-bats were actually pretty good and our production wasn’t very good, and I think we’ve kind of gone through a stretch now where the quality of at-bats wasn’t as good… It’s tough, it’s frustrating, and it seems awful, but in baseball we play 162 [games]. Sometimes you go through a little stuff like this.
Pollock had one of the team’s two hits on Friday, going deep in the 5th inning to score LA’s only run. It was another terrible performance from the offense and the second straight game in which a brilliant pitching performance was wasted by their inability to score runs.
While some may be alarmed at the number of games the Dodgers are throwing away, it seems that the team is still calm and collected. Pollock doesn’t see any need to worry, especially given their track record over the years.
We know how potent our offense is, and it’s not going to take much to get this thing clicking again. I think we just have to keep at it. … This skid is not ideal, but we got the type of team that can run off a real hot streak too.
Even after dropping 9 of their past 12, the Dodgers still ended the month 5 games above .500, a sign of how dominant they can be when everything is clicking. It’s no surprise that they’ve struggled with so many players on the IL, but this team expects to win every time they take the field. With so much baseball still left to be played, don’t be surprised if this team goes on an incredible run once they figure things out.