Look, it’s tough to be the guy that nitpicks after a 10-run victory on the road, but I’m about to be that guy. 2021 has been an interesting season for the Dodgers. Interesting in that it really hasn’t been what you would have expected heading into the year. LA had a roster flush with star power and talent. On opening day alone, the 26-man roster had three league MVPs, three former Cy Young award winners, and several multi-time MLB All-Stars.
Yet, here in the middle of August, the Dodgers have committed an unsightly 68 errors on defense and allowed 60 unearned runs, tops in baseball.
Last night in New York, the team was officially charged with only one error, but the sloppy play we saw earlier in the season reared its ugly head in a big way. By the estimation of Dave Roberts, at least 4 outs were left on the field behind Max Scherzer, costing the ace the opportunity to pitch into the 7th or even 8th inning.
[We] didn’t play good defense behind him — infield defense — Gave away bases, outs. But for [Scherzer], he didn’t bat an eye. He picked us up time and time again tonight and found his way in distress and pitched out of it, limited damage. Can’t say enough about him. We needed that outing. But I think we made it a little more difficult than it should have been.
The sloppy play was big enough a problem on Sunday night that ESPN commentator Alex Rodriguez spoke critically of the Dodgers… and he wasn’t 100% off base. For once.
For what it’s worth, the miscues have clean up over the last few weeks to a month, as Doc pointed out after the game…
We’ve been pretty good for the last month, but [Sunday] we just gotta wash that one.
…but at this stage of the season, sitting 4 games behind the division-leading Giants with 44 games remaining and only 3 more head-to-head matchups left with San Francisco this season, the Dodgers can’t really afford any sloppiness.
Still, back to the positive side of the ledger, LA returns home to Dodger Stadium after a successful 5-1 road trip. They welcome the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates to the ballpark for 3 before facing the Mets again over the weekend.