The Dodgers are mired in a mini tailspin, losing each of their last 4 games in new and increasingly frustrating ways. Starting pitching has kept the team in games, but has given up early leads to the Padres and now Cubs over this stretch of struggling. However, the real problem has been the offense.
Over the last 5 games, the Dodgers are batting .137 (19-138), scoring just 7 runs over the last 40 innings. The club has slipped to 4.5 back of the Giants for first place in the NL West.
Despite all the bad, LA outfielder Mookie Betts isn’t overly concerned with the immediate. He knows that each season has its ebbs and flows.
We play 162 games. I don’t know very many teams that are hot for 162 games. You go with the waves and that’s pretty much it.
These Dodgers have been streaky in 2021. They’ve rattled off a pair of 8 game winning streaks in stretches where they’ve gone 13-2 and 12-1. But the winning streaks have been accompanied by stretches where they’ve lost 15 of 20 and 8 of 12. And now the most recent 4 straight losses.
Mookie has struggled himself with consistency all season long. Playing through a myriad of nagging injuries and, most recently, a stomach bug, the 28-year-old is down to a career-worst .247 average over 63 games. By the numbers, he isn’t having a bad season (.818 OPS 131 wRC+), but it’s not up to his standards for sure.
And the same could be said for most of the hitters in the Dodger lineup. As a whole, the numbers look fine (.743 OPS, 3rd in the NL) but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that LA’s team stats have been inflated by several blow out games.
There’s still plenty of season left, but these consistently inconsistent Dodgers need to start putting the pieces together offensively. Cody Bellinger is finally back in the lineup again. Max Muncy has returned from the injured list, and the hope is that Corey Seager can follow suit in the next few weeks. It’s as good a time as any to start swinging the bats, boys.