Dodgers: The Dodgers’ Offense Continues to Struggle With RISP
The Dodgers won a wild game last night in thirteen innings by the score of 2-1. Although the series is all tied at two, the Dodger offense still continues to struggle with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers evened up the series last night and will look to take a pivotal 3-2 series lead later on this afternoon. Despite evening up the series last night, the Dodger offense continued it’s struggle to produce with runners in scoring position. Cody Bellinger finally delivered with a runner in scoring position in the thirteenth inning but the game took way longer than it should have.
The Dodgers went 2-10 with runners in scoring position after going 0-10 in game three of the series, Together over the last two games, the Dodgers are 2-20 with runners in scoring position and that gives them an even .100 batting average. The Dodgers are very lucky to even be tied at two games given how bad they’ve been with runners in scoring position.
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Last night the Dodger offense did a good job of jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, but the offense slowed down after that and did not score until the thirteenth inning. That is twelve innings between runs and twelve innings in between hits with a runner in scoring position.
From the tenth inning until the decisive thirteenth inning, the Dodgers did not even record a base hit. That is not the kind of run support that is going get the Dodgers back to the World Series. While the Dodgers did a good job of scoring in the first inning, the Dodgers have to get to the Brewers’ rotation within the first four to five innings. If not then the Dodger offense will be tasked with coming back against the Brewers’ top relievers.
Today the Dodgers will look to fix their problem of not being able to cash in with runners in scoring position. Wade Miley will be on the mound looking to go at least five to six innings since the Brewers emptied out their pen and used everyone except for Woodruff and Jeffress. The Brewers could add another pitcher with the injury to Gio Gonzalez but they will likely be without Josh Hader today.
For the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers are hitting an even .200 with runners in scoring position which is actually better than the .136 average that the Brewers have hit in similar situations. The team that wins this series is going to be the one that starts delivering when they get runners in scoring position. The Dodgers will look to jump on Wade Miley today and get within one win of another World Series appearance.