Even though it was a much shortened season, it still feels like we’ve reached the end of the season so quickly. Today is the last off day for the Dodgers during the regular season, with the playoffs starting next Wednesday.
Los Angeles did well in their series at Coors Field, winning three of the four games. The offense put up its biggest outing of the year by scoring 15 runs in Saturday’s game. Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin continue to impress, and once Julio Urias got over his first inning struggles, he also was able to tamper the Rockies’ bats.
The Dodgers are done playing teams within their division. They will close out the 2020 regular season with two three-games series against the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The next six games should be used as a tuning up for the playoffs. The Dodgers can clinch their eighth division title as early as Tuesday, if they win their first game against the A’s and the San Diego Padres lose to the Angels. Their lead over the Padres currently sits at 4.0 games.
One of the biggest worries for Dodger fans heading into the postseason is the state of the offense. For most of the season, last year’s NL MVP Cody Bellinger has not looked at all like his 2019 self. But things may finally be turning in the right direction for the the centerfielder. In his last seven games, Belli is slashing .320/.433/.520 with a home run and two doubles, five RBI and five walks. He seems to have made an adjustment where he has moved back from the plate, and it seems to be paying off. If he can continue this success through the playoffs, the Dodgers might be able to avoid previous postseason pitfalls.
Max Muncy seems to be the only player that’s hasn’t yet hit his stride at the plate. He is still hitting under the Mendoza line, and has only four hits in his last seven games. I’m unsure what’s going on with Muncy, but should he be able to find whatever is missing in the next week, the NL better watch out.
Regardless, the Dodgers could be able to withstand Muncy not hitting well. Chris Taylor has been his normal dependable self, hitting two homers, a double and a triple in the last week. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner will always be reliable in their batting, and Corey Seager is just having a fantastic year at the plate. Will Smith, when he is catching, is having a great year, and A.J. Pollock looks much better than years previous. We all know the Dodgers have the best offense in the National League. The question unfortunately remains will it remain that throughout the playoffs.
On Monday, Joc Pederson was reinstated from the family emergency leave list. Rookie Zach McKinstry was option back to the alternate site.