There feels something different about this 2020 Dodgers team. They’re obviously racking up the playoff wins early, but there’s something about the way they’re getting things done. A deeper dive into the numbers reveals one glaring difference from recent playoff failures.
During their 2017 World Series run, the Dodgers hit a meager .226 with runners in scoring position. Not the worst mark over the last few years, but plenty of room for improvement. In 2018 during their latest World Series run, they hit just .192 with runners in scoring position. And last year, during their brief postseason run, they hit .135 with RISP.
It’s a very small sample size for the 2020 postseason, but the early numbers are incredibly encouraging. Through 5 playoff wins, the Dodgers are hitting .314 with runners in scoring position. The Houston Astros are the only team remaining that are having similar success in that.
Combine that with the fact that the Dodgers have one of the best pitching staffs left in the postseason, and you have the recipe for success. Coincidentally enough, only the Atlanta Braves have had more success out of their staff. Los Angeles will face them next in the National League Championship Series.
Another slight improvement is that the Dodgers are getting the job done with 2 outs. They’re hitting .393 with RISP and 2 outs. The last time they were even close to that efficient was in 2014 when they put up a .292 batting average.
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