Dodgers vs Astros: Why the Dodgers have fallen behind

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Astros have core players that are clutch in October

Like the Dodgers, the Astros have had their share of offensive struggles this postseason but their homegrown players have consistently delivered in the clutch.  In the ALCS against the Yankees, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve both delivered walk-off home runs to help push the Astros to their second World Series appearance.

The Astros’ core group of Bregman, Correa, Springer, and Altuve have combined to hit 15 home runs this postseason.  The Dodgers have clutch hitters in Justin Turner and Max Muncy but it was not enough with Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager struggling.  Both Seager and Bellinger have consistently underperformed in the postseason and if the Dodgers are going to win a World Series with this group they will need big contributions from both.

Not only is the Astros’ core group of players more talented than the Dodgers’ core but when the postseason rolls around they continuously deliver in the clutch while the Dodgers don’t.