It’s tough to win a game against any team, no matter who they are, if your offense only manages to scrape together 1 run on 4 hits. On a team that features so many talented players with just about every accolade imaginable, you would think it would be an easy task to score more runs.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Despite their hot streak to close the gap in the division, the Dodgers let their grasp on the division lead slip right through their hands. Of course, they have no one else to blame but themselves, at least that’s what Max Muncy seems to think.
“I think if you ask anybody on this team they’ll tell you we’ve really sucked on the offensive side.”
Muncy’s words are pretty blunt but full of the truth. Just because you have the talent to win ball games on paper, doesn’t mean that will translate to wins on the field.
Dave Roberts spoke up and agreed with Muncy on the need to get better.
“It needs to get better. For me, it’s always good to hear players holding each other and themselves accountable. It’s a very talented offensive group. But that doesn’t win ballgames. For Max to voice that – and the sentiment is shared by other guys in the clubhouse on the position-player side. And I’m with them. We all know it needs to get better. So it’s good to hear. But his teammates feel the same.”
It’s easy to score runs when you’re already up big in the game or when you’re playing a mediocre team. It’s when you’re fighting in a close ball game with your back up against the wall is when it gets difficult. That’s where the Dodgers have fallen short all season, and that’s what will cost them a chance to defend their crown if they don’t get their act together.
They’ve shown they have the ability to blow teams out when hot, but with only 20 games left against tough opponents and the playoffs just ahead, which figures to be filled with elite teams, the Dodgers have to find a way to manufacture runs in tight situations.