A week ago, the Dodgers completed a sweep of the Atlanta Braves to move into a tie for the division lead. However, since departing Los Angeles for a 7-game road trip things haven’t worked out so well. The team dropped 2 of 3 to the Giants and then split their 4-game series with the Cardinals.
The 3-4 road trip has now dropped the ball club to 2.5 games back of the Giants in the NL West. Dave Roberts seemed to switch up the top of the lineup in hopes of getting better production yet that didn’t pan out at all. Roberts expressed his disappointment in their recent play.
“It started off great. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish it. Looking at where we’re at, very disappointing. The only thing we can do now is turn the page and get ready for the Padres. That’s the only alternative.”
One player who has still managed to get on base and come through when needed has been Trea Turner. During the road trip, Turner hit .310 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI. Still, that hasn’t been enough to carry the team when they’ve needed it most. While Roberts was certainly appalled by the team’s performance, Trea still seemed optimistic.
“Depends how you look at it. For me, 2 and a half games is not very much. A lot of things can happen in the last 20 games. I don’t try and watch the scoreboard or pay attention to that stuff. You try and control what’s in front of you and today it was this game.”
A big part of their recent struggles has been their inability to produce runs when needed. That’s actually been an issue for them all season as they are 21-23 in 1 run games this season. Those kind of results are unacceptable, especially when playing teams that are over .500.
With the Padres coming to town this weekend, the Dodgers cannot afford to have the bats go cold once again. Any more loss of ground that this point of the season could cost them their 9th straight NL West crown as well as throw them into an unwanted playoff scenario.