And just like that, the Dodgers find themselves fighting for their playoff lives once again. Another terrible night for the offense helped the Giants take control of the series, and there is plenty of blame to go around.
Before we dive into how bad the offense looked, we have to acknowledge the effect that the wind had on Game 3. Dodgers Stadium is not a hitter park by any means, but the wind has never been the reason for that. On Monday night, however, 40 MPH gusts of wind caused the Dodgers to potentially miss out on some key hits, including this one that definitely would have tied the game on any other night.
A Giant shutout. pic.twitter.com/2Wsa7vzIJl
— MLB (@MLB) October 12, 2021
The look on Gavin’s face says it all, as that should have been a home run to at the very least send this game into extras. Instead, the Dodgers will need to win back-to-back elimination games against the best team in baseball this season to keep their championship hopes alive.
Bad weather can definitely affect how a team performs, but that excuse can only go so far. The Dodgers have had equally terrible days at the plate throughout this series, and it’s been unbearable to watch. The biggest culprit? The top of the lineup, which is supposed to anchor this group of hitters on any given night.
Dodgers 1-4 Hitters in NLDS (3 Games)
- Mookie Betts – 3 for 12, 1 RBI, 7 LOB
- Corey Seager – 2 for 12, 1 RBI, 5 LOB
- Trea Turner – 1 for 13, 6 LOB
- Justin Turner – 1/13, 5 LOB
Combined Total: 7 for 50 (.140 BA)
No matter how you look at it, these numbers will not cut it. Especially not from a group of players who are supposed to be the best hitters on the team. In fact, if it weren’t for the Dodgers’ 6-9 hitters who went 7 for 12 with 6 RBI in Game 2, their season might already be over.
The Dodgers will now likely turn to Walker Buehler with their season on the line, which is admittedly not the worst scenario in the world. Walker has plenty of Postseason experience under his belt, and he’s proven to be able to perform when the lights are brightest.
Assuming that the Dodgers find a way to get this series back to San Francisco, a date with Logan Webb awaits them in Game 5. There’s no way this team advances if their best hitters continue to struggle, so it will be up to the top of the order to turn things around in a hurry.