The Dodgers lost the World Series to the Astros in seven games for a variety of reasons. You could point to all of them as the culprit for the club’s heartbreaking defeat culminating in their 5-1 loss in game 7 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw’s pathetic game 5 start in which the ace was unable to hold a 4-run lead and then also blew a 3-run lead was a big one. There was Kenley Jansen’s blown save in game 2. Of course lackadaisical midseason pickup Yu Darvish’s two clunkers in games 3 and 7 were big reasons too. Don’t get me wrong those all contributed and Darvish definitely sucks. As a matter of fact Darvish is one of the biggest trade deadline busts since Terry Mulholland. However the real reason the Dodgers lost the World Series was because their bats went frigid.
The middle of the order Dodger bats were ice cold throughout the series. The boys in blue batted an anemic .205 with 65 strikeouts. The Dodgers did slug 10 home runs; the Astros hit 15 long balls. The Dodgers slashed just .200/.292/.364 (11 for 55) and posted a .565 OPS with runners in scoring position. This included going 1 for 13 in the decisive game 7. In contrast the Astros posted a .925 OPS with runners in scoring position. That’s a huge difference. Here is how the Dodgers hit in the World Series.
Justin Turner .160/.323/.360 (4 for 25) 1HR
Corey Seager .222/.290/.370 (6 for 27) 1HR
Cody Bellinger .143/.172/.393 (4 for 28) 17 K 1HR
Chris Taylor .222/.344/.407 (6 for 27) 1HR
Yasiel Puig .148/.179/.370 (4 for 27) 2HR
Austin Barnes .174/.200/.217 (4 for 23)
Joc Pederson .333/.400/.944 (6 for 18) 3 HR
Logan Forsythe .278/.409/.333 (5 for 18)
Enrique Hernandez .231/.375/.231 (3 for 13)
The one player who was not part of this problem was Joc Pederson, who had a terrific series. Everyone else was flaccid. The Dodgers simply didn’t hit in the Fall Classic. They floundered with runners in scoring position and they left hoards of men on base. They looked at first pitch strikes like statues and flailed at pitches outside the strike zone. They didn’t hit with runners in scoring position. They didn’t move runners over, and they struck out a lot. You can look back on this as the primary if not the main reason the Dodgers lost the World Series. If the Dodgers don’t like this then they can certainly play better.