Dodgers: Three Ways the Offense Can be Even Better in 2018

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More clutch hits with runners in scoring position

For as good of power numbers as the Dodgers posted in 2017, their offense was not very good with runners in scoring position.  The offense was middle of the pack when it came to cashing runners in and the stats prove it:

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2017 Regular Season Stats

Runners in scoring position: .247 AVG (25th in MLB)

Runners in scoring position with 2 outs: .237 AVG (14th in MLB)

Runner on 3rd with less than two outs: .311 AVG (23rd in MLB)

It’s easy to see that the Dodger offense was not very good when it mattered most in the 2017 regular season.  The offense needs to do a better job of coming through in the clutch in 2018.  If the Dodgers can cash in more scoring opportunities their offense will be even better in 2018 and they should win more games than they did in 2017, despite setting an LA franchise record for wins last season.

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The most glaring stat to me is that the Dodgers ranked 24th in the league last year in runs knocked in with a runner on third and less than two outs.  Those situations should be easy money for a loaded lineup like the Dodgers.  If the team can be better in 2018 at situational hitting, then the Dodgers offense will be even more dangerous in 2018.