Dodgers: Several players to blame for early playoff ousting

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers sits in the dug out during game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Nationals defeated the Dodgers 7-3 and clinch the series 3-2. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers sits in the dug out during game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Nationals defeated the Dodgers 7-3 and clinch the series 3-2. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out swinging in the ninth inning in game two of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Pollock, Seager, and Bellinger at heart of offensive woes

The Dodgers’ lineup was absolutely horrendous outside of their two offensive explosions in game one and three of the NLDS.  Justin Turner and Max Muncy led the offense while Enrique Hernandez and Russell Martin each had one blowup game in which they started.  David Freese who announced his retirement on Saturday, also went 4-8.

Then there is the other side of the spectrum, Dodger players who struggled offensively.  The worst offensive performance was easily A.J. Pollock.  He did not record a single hit in the series and went 0-13 with a whopping 11 strikeouts.  Somehow he was able to score as a run in the series. Then there were the struggles of Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager.

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Cody Bellinger my win the NL MVP award for his regular season performance but in the NLDS he was very ordinary.  He hit .211 and recorded just one extra base hit in the series which was a double.  Belli did not drive in a single run and struck out seven times in 19 at-bats.  Not a very MVP like performance in the postseason.

Corey Seager was another Dodger at the heart of the order that struggled.  Seager went just 3-20 with one extra base hit and eight strike outs.  Seager had a strong finish to his regular season posting an OPS over .900 in September but it did not carry over to the postseason.  Will Smith and Gavin Lux also looked overmatched but that was expected as they were rookies in the postseason.

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Overall there is plenty of blame to go around for the Dodgers’ early playoff ousting.  Yes, Dave Roberts should get blame for his game 5 gaffes, but there are plenty of Dodgers who failed to perform in the NLDS.  Hopefully next year, these same players bounce back and become postseason heroes.