Mookie Betts didn’t start. Trea Turner was removed early and Hanser Alberto came in. Miguel Vargas and Austin Barnes were starting. And a 5-1 deficit still wasn’t enough for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
And that’s not a knock on anybody! It just shows how good and deep the Dodgers are with October right around the corner. Everything seems to be meshing together perfectly and coming into focus at the right time, over and over again.
The Dodgers used the bottom of the eighth to stage a five-run half-inning before calling on Chris Martin to shut the door on a 6-5 victory they had no business securing.
It all started with a two-run homer from Barnes following a Vargas single. The Dodgers then got five more batters to reach base without an out. Seven total to start the inning! Singles from Will Smith and Trayce Thompson tied the game. Then Vargas came up clutch after Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts struck out with an infield single that provided the game-winning run.
Enjoy it all, right here! That’s win 103, and the Dodgers are four away from setting a new franchise record.
Dodgers’ comeback win over D-backs shows true October threat
You see what we’re trying to say here? No Dodgers lineup is ever truly dead, is it? That’s what makes LA such a bonafide postseason threat. In the end, it didn’t matter the Dodgers made two errors. It didn’t matter they looked flat from innings 1-7. It didn’t matter they had only five hits entering the bottom of the eighth. All it takes is one frame for this roster that boasts power, speed, tenacity, plate discipline and aggressiveness.
The D-backs may have a losing record, but they’ve been a solid team this year. The Dodgers not going full strength against them and still managing to come out on top speaks to their depth and versatility. It’s also helpful their pitching, regardless of who is on the mound, manages to keep LA in so many games. If someone told you before this that Michael Grove and Ryan Pepiot would be pitching eight of the nine innings, would you have bet that’d be a win?
But the point still stands. When the Dodgers are at full strength, they’re seemingly an unbeatable juggernaut. It also helps that the supporting cast members aren’t going down easy, which makes manager Dave Roberts’ life that much easier when he has to vary his postseason lineups.
Dodgers fans will be smiling when the opposition thinks it might be getting off easy in October should he make a few tweaks. Little do other teams know, LA probably won’t miss a beat.