The Dodgers are winning. They’ve won nine of their last 13 games crawling back to 4 ½ games within the NL West lead.
It looks like a rosy picture, but I’m still not buying into it.
The problem is the Dodgers are merely a singles-hitting team that can only run station-to-station. Of their 1,232 hits 225 are doubles (ranked 13th in the NL), 27 are triples (tied for 8th) and 96 are home runs (tied for last in the NL). Granted they are tied for second in the NL with 108 steals, but the only players with double-digit steals are Juan Pierre (52), Russell Martin (21) and Rafael Furcal (13).
Basically this means it takes the Dodgers four hits to score one run. That’s why it should come as no surprise when the Dodgers have runners in scoring position and score nothing in an inning.
Everything looks nice because they’re playing against a bad Washington Nationals team. But when they play San Diego this weekend will they have enough offense to win one game let alone a series?
I have my reservations, but stranger things have happened. This season alone we’ve witnessed David Wells beat out the throw on a bunt. And who can forget that magical game last year on September 18.
Most importantly who would’ve thought I would still be here writing about the Dodgers without going completely mad?
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