With this lineup that the Dodgers have assembled in 2022, you expect them to go out and produce. There are some questions about the starting rotation and even the bullpen. But with as much firepower as they career 1 through 9, scoring runs should not be an issue this year.
Unfortuantely, that was the case this weekend in Colorado. Even in their win, the Dodgers scored all 5 of their runs in one inning. The offense went dead silent for the remainder of the game, letting off of the gas and allowing the Rockies to cut the lead to two.
On Sunday afternoon, the pitching and offense were both parts of the problem. The only reason they stayed in it was due to an error from Kris Bryant in left field. Dave Roberts summed up the series pretty easily following the loss on Sunday afternoon. (quotes via The OC Register’s Bill Plunkett)
“We didn’t play good baseball. I thought we pitched well at times. We weren’t good situationally, as far as when we had guys on base, to cash runs in. Defensively, on the bases — I just don’t think that we played our type of baseball this series.”
But despite how everything went, Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor is still convinced this is the best lineup in baseball. And it very well could be, but they won’t earn that title until they start producing at the level they are capable of.
“We expect to produce. We know we have, top to bottom, the best lineup in baseball, and we didn’t show that this weekend.”
Obviously, it’s still very early. The shortened Spring Training certainly doesn’t help. but they have to figure things out. As we learned in the NL West race last season, every game matters through the course of a year. And the last thing you want to do is start to figure it out when it’s too late.
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