Hopes of the Dodgers going on a tear after going 5-1 last week were quickly dashed with back-to-back losses at Coors Field. One of which, was LA’s first shutout loss to Colorado since 2011. Apart from Clayton Kershaw’s disastrous start on Tuesday, the pitching staff has done their part despite the team entering Wednesday’s game with a 12-12 record for the month of June. Which is why manager Dave Roberts believes the offense is to blame for some of the team’s struggles.
In an interview on Tuesday on Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman’s podcast, “The Show”, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts explained when asked why his team isn’t “clicking”.
“I don’t think that we’re clicking. I think that certainly, you can look at roster, you can look at the back of the baseball cards, and certainly, the run differential. But each game, I just think that with the offense, there’s been inconsistencies in performance. We got shutout last night at Coors.”
The Dodgers have been missing superstar leadoff man Mookie Betts since June 15th, but with all of the All-Stars on the lineup card, LA hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Through Tuesday, the team is ranks 12th in wRC+ (106), 13th in batting average (.253), and 24th in runs scored (98) this month.
Key bats like Max Muncy and Justin Turner haven’t lengthened the lineup much behind Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, and Will Smith. There’s still plenty of season left for both Muncy and JT to turn it around, but with the pitching staff navigating injuries to key arms, the offense needs to step it up.
That’s absolutely not a mystery for Doc as the team tries to pick up the pieces this month.
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