The Los Angeles Dodgers have started to hit the ball and get on base after not looking so good in those departments after the first few games. The problem remains, however, that they’re not turning those opportunities into runs.
Stranded base runners are frustrating, especially when they are standing on the second bag with less than two outs. So far the timely, breakout hit has eluded them. Even the long ball is nowhere to be found with the Dodgers only having three home runs their first seven games. That’s not good with the lineup they have assembled in L.A.
Several players on the blue crew roster have heated up at the plate. Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are finding themselves on base regularly. However, they are getting forced into double plays or just being left stranded when their half of the inning comes to a close.
Even though he Dodgers were expected to go south and put a whooping on the San Diego Padres Tuesday afternoon, they fell flat when the opportunities — and there were many — to tilt that game heavily in their favor came up. Hitting into four double plays, one at home plate, and stranding eight runners is no way to take advantage of the situation.
It’s not just the offense either. Starter Josh Beckett has given up four home runs in 11 innings after his first two starts. The first ones he surrendered in both of his starts were the ones that gave him his losses. He now has two. Beckett needs to stop putting his team in the hole.
And after a total bullpen implosion on Tuesday in Petco Park that we haven’t seen yet this year, manager Don Mattingly can only chalk it up to a bad day, because if the Dodgers continue to miss opportunities to put games away….They are giving confidence to teams in their division they really don’t want to mess with later in the year.