This loss, while being only one game out of the much larger 162, shows something larger than a simple bad game: the Dodgers still have a ways to go before they can once again be considered one of the league’s elite teams. The Dodgers could not get it going on offense, and while the pitching was excellent as it has been all year, the bullpen faltered in the 10th, giving up the go-ahead run that would eventually decide the game.
This game was a microcosm of much bigger things, and while one game is certainly no reason to panic, it did reveal some flaws with the white and blue.
Good teams find ways to win games. That is an indisputable fact proven time and time again throughout sports. The Dodgers are playing pretty good baseball as it currently stands, and they lead the NL West with a record of 12-9. However, of those nine losses, five of them have been decided by two runs or less.
This game was just another close one they couldn’t finish out. This is a trend that needs to stop if the Dodgers wish to make another deep postseason push. Any team can win a game when they put on early runs and have a strong pitching performance, but it is the elite teams that find ways to win the close ones.
There will always be blowouts, and there will always be nail-biters, but the best teams are the ones that eke out the nail-biters time and time again. This game was just one stat in a spreadsheet of 162, but it also was a warning to the Dodgers that come August and September, losing these close games isn’t going to cut it anymore.