The Dodgers this weekend lost their first series (to the Brewers) since June 5-7 when they dropped two of three to the Washington Nationals. Over that time period they had won 19 of their past 22 series and split the other three, including a pair of two-game, home-and-home series against the Angels in late June. Since their last series loss, they are now 56-12. The Brewers won the last two games of the series giving the Dodgers their first two game losing streak since they lost to the Atlanta Braves July 20-21.
Why has this happened?
Now for you conspiracists, there are three things for you to consider:
- Both the Braves and the Brewers have called Milwaukee home.
- It is hard to play baseball when the opposition is dressed in garish softball uniforms.
- The Dodgers miss the potent bat of Cody Bellinger who has been on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle since August 20.
I buy into the first two theories, but I go with number three – the Dodgers miss Cody
- In the eight games since Cody has gone on the DL, the Dodgers are 4-4
- In the four losses, they scored a total of three runs
Take a look at the Dodgers team batting in Cody’s absence:
For the most part, the entire team has fallen into a slump
Here are the Dodgers numbers this season with and without Cody
- Dodgers are 91-38 overall
- Dodgers were 9-11 before Cody played his first game on April 25
- Dodgers are 82-27 since Cody joined the team
- Dodgers are 76-21 in games that Cody has started
- Dodgers are 78-23 in games that Cody has appeared
- Dodgers are 15-17 in games that Cody has not started
- Dodgers are 13-15 in games that Cody has not appeared
- Cody went on the shelf with an injury following the game of Aug 19
- The Dodgers are 4-4 since Cody’s been on the DL
- From April 25 to August 19, the Dodgers hit .260 and averaged 5.29 runs per game.
- From Aug 20 to August 28, the Dodgers have hit .221 and averaged 3.13 runs per game.
You can make the argument…
Certainly Cody Bellinger is the favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year. But based on the team’s success with and without Bellinger, you certainly can make an argument for his inclusion in the NL MVP race.
Or you can simply blame those awful uniforms.