Dodgers Quick Hits: Offense Struggling at the Wrong Time

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 8: The Los Angeles Dodgers bench, including manager Dave Roberts #30, Justin Turner #10, Manny Machado #8, and Yasiel Puig #66 watch as Max Muncy #13 takes an at bat in the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 8: The Los Angeles Dodgers bench, including manager Dave Roberts #30, Justin Turner #10, Manny Machado #8, and Yasiel Puig #66 watch as Max Muncy #13 takes an at bat in the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers dropped a tough game last night as they attempted to rally in the ninth but ultimately fell 4-2. Kyle Freeland dominated the Dodgers lineup with ease.

The Dodgers offense continued to frustrate last night as Kyle Freeland mowed through the Dodger lineup with ease.  Freeland pitched six innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight Dodger hitters.  The Dodgers never seemed to put Freeland in any danger all game long and it wasn’t until he was removed that the Dodgers’ offense showed signs of life.

Not that any of that should be surprising.  The Dodgers have scored less than three runs in eight of their last ten games.  For a lineup with big names like Manny Machado, Justin Turner, and Brian Dozier, that is unacceptable.  Walker Buehler didn’t pitch his best game but asking the offense to score at least four runs at Coors Field is not asking for a lot.

In September the Dodgers have hit just .219 as a team which ranks them 25th in baseball just behind the San Diego Padres.  The Dodgers also rank 19th in runs scored for this month and are middle of the pack in slugging percentage at 17th.

The Dodgers lineup has been as healthy as they’ve been all season this month so the results are very concerning.  The offense is putting the Dodgers at risk of missing the playoffs altogether. The Dodgers will try to take the series later on today and get back to within a half-game of first place.

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