Los Angeles was 8-2 in their last 10 games and capped off that record with a sweep off the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks. It seemed as if the team was finally getting on track as the club began to get healthier. Well, fast forward after a 3-game series against the San Diego Padres and the wheels seem to have fallen off.
The Dodgers looked completely overmatched and without energy as they were swept by the Friars. They were outscored 14-7 and never held a lead throughout the whole series. The 3-game skid keeps the Dodgers 4 games out of first place in the NL West behind the Giants and just a half game ahead of the Padres.
Despite the underperforming results the team had, Dave Roberts expressed that he believes the team has done a decent job this season considering all of the obstacles they’ve faced. He even mentioned that although they’re fighting to climb back to the top of the standings, they have plenty of time to get there.
“Certainly not where we expected to be as far as standings wise, but the win-loss, I think – all things considered I think we’re doing okay up to this point, but we still obviously got to get better at a lot of facets of the game. But it isn’t a sixty-whatever game it is season game this year. It’s one sixty two and we just got to continue to get better and I know at the end of the season I expect us to be at the top of the division.”
The Dodgers definitely have a lot of areas they need to improve on. The list includes hitting lefties, a better performing bullpen, cutting down on strikeouts, etc. Of course, the team also needs to continue to get healthy and stay that way. Cody Bellinger has only played in 17 games this season while Corey Seager has missed most of the season and Mookie Betts just hasn’t been himself all year.
There’s still plenty of time to right the ship, but they need to start now. A 9th straight NL West title is on the line as well as a chance to defend the World Series title.