Strange things happen in world sport and that might be the best way to describe what’s happened to the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent times. How else can one really explain how one of the best teams in Major League Baseball (MLB) who had a tremendous five months this season, winning 91 games can suddenly end up losing 10 consecutive games.
Dodgers Going Through Tough Times
The Dodgers have lost 15 out of their last 16 games as the team has struggled with their hitting and pitching. Their manager Dave Roberts has run out of excuses and is rightly embarrassed to face the media and try to explain his side’s slump in form. The players became accustomed to winning and this sudden string of losses has left them short on confidence, making it even more difficult for them to bounce back during the final month of the season.
The 2016 Season saw the Dodgers win a total of 91 games. They quickly hit that number in 2017 and were the team to beat this season. The Dodgers were so confident about their performance that they were even contemplating setting a new record by surpassing 116 wins and going on to win their first World Series in 28 years.
They were dominant because the team owners had a huge bankroll and were willing to splurge to get the best players on board. The Dodgers brought on some of the best coaching and support staff available to form a powerful unit that brought together experience and youth. The 2017 Dodgers team had a combination of great players and future stars who gelled well together at the start of the season to pose a threat to any opposition.
Reasons For Dodgers Repeated Failures
Things started to go wrong for the Dodgers towards the end of August after they suffered a shock defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers. Rogers explained it as one of those nights and Dodgers fans were forgiving. But that loss was the start of a slide which will go down as one of the worst slides in MLB history.
Baseball analysts and Dodgers fans have tried their best to explain the sudden change in fortunes. Some of those reasons are Rogers shuffling his players too frequently, the signing of Curtis Granderson has impacted the team’s chemistry and a lack of confidence and will to bounce back. The Dodgers have another three weeks left for them to turn things around and finish the season on a high!