Here are the keys to the series:
The Dodgers scored a total of eight runs in three games against the Giants as far too many runners are being left on base. In their last six games, the Dodgers are 6-44 with runners in scoring position. If the Dodgers continue at this pace, not only will they not win this series, but they won’t go very far in the postseason.
Look for Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig to ignite the offense in this series after struggling a bit in San Francisco. Matt Kemp has been unreal, but the Dodgers will need the bottom of the order to deliver some timely hits to get runs on the board.
2. Contain Todd Helton and Charlie Blackmon:
Helton and Blackmon have been producing impressive numbers in their last five games. Helton is batting .450 with eight runs batted in, four doubles and a homer while Blackmon isn’t far behind as he’s hitting .440 with two home runs.
Expect more of the same in this series and if the Dodgers want a chance to win, they must slow down this duo. There is no doubt Helton will go out swinging and the Dodgers can only hope to contain the potential Hall of Famer.
The Dodgers want to win this series, but the next series is far more important and they must make sure they stay healthy on the field. Some of the key players are already battling injuries, so don’t expect Hanley, Kemp, Puig and other starters to play every game of the series.
Prediction: The Dodgers will win two out of three at Dodger Stadium. It’s hard to win against Kershaw and Greinke while the Rockies pitching staff might be just what the doctor ordered for the Dodger bats.
In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!