Dodgers: The Dodgers Got by Without Playing Well in the NLCS

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MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven to win the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven to win the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers were pushed to seven games in the NLCS but despite getting past the Brewers, the Dodgers didn’t play their best baseball.  That will have to change if the Dodgers want to win the World Series.

The Dodgers are one of the most talented teams in baseball.  Sometimes talent tends to hide mistakes and for the Dodgers, they won their second straight National League pennant despite not playing their best baseball in the NLCS.  If the Dodgers want to defeat the Boston Red Sox, they will have to play a lot better.

Offensively the Dodgers hit just .223 in the NLCS against the Brewers.  With runners in scoring position the Dodgers were even worse as they put together a .196 average with RISP.  By comparison the Red Sox hit .342 with runners in scoring position in the ALCS.

Just three Dodger batters hit above .250 in the NLCS and those players are Chris Taylor, Manny Machado, and Yasiel Puig.  Justin Turner struggled outside of his go ahead homer in game two as he hit just .241 in the NLCS.  Max Muncy hit below .200 with no home runs, and struck out in thirteen of his twenty-two at-bats.  The Dodgers also received no offensive production from the catcher position.

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The Dodgers still advanced because the Brewers hit for an even worse average with RISP but the Dodgers must deliver when they have runners in scoring position at a better clip if they want to win the World Series.  The Astros hit better with runners in scoring position than the Dodgers did in their respective series but they still lost to the Red Sox.

In the NLCS the Dodgers were supposed to have a considerable advantage against the Brewers when it came to the starting rotations.  That was not the case as the Brewers’ rotation had a 2.66 ERA and the Dodgers’ rotation put together a 4.76 ERA.  The reason for the high ERA is that Kershaw was chased in game one in just three innings and Hyun-Jin Ryu was battered around in game six.

The Dodgers rotation did slightly worse than the Red Sox in the League Championship Series as the Red Sox put up a 4.38 ERA which is a tad better than the Dodgers.  If the Dodgers could put together better rotation statistics, they should have a shot against the Red Sox.  If the rotation continues to struggle than that will send the Dodgers to a second consecutive World Series loss.

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The one area where the Dodgers performed not only good but well above expectations is their bullpen.  The Dodgers led all teams in the League Championship series with a 1.45 ERA.  If the Dodgers can put up better rotation results to pair with their stellar bullpen, then the Dodgers could finally bring a World Series title back to LA.

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