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Monday, September 25, 2017

Dave Roberts won’t scapegoat anyone for Dodgers’ losing

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts is standing up for all of his players and won’t let any of them be singled out amid the Dodgers’ struggles.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers manager said he wouldn’t blame any individual for the team’s recent 11-game losing streak.

Curtis Granderson is one player many fans have pointed to as part of the reason for the team’s skid. He’s batting just 8-for-72 (.111) since being acquired by the Dodgers last month in a post-waiver trade with the New York Mets. Luckily half of his hits have been homers, but he’s still adversely affected the team and has a -0.4 WAR since joining the LA squad.

The Dodgers have been without Corey Seager for much of their recent losing stretch, which obviously hurts the club. And players like Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe have seen slight drops in batting average over the past 15 games. In addition to Granderson, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson haven’t hit much during the losing streak, so really it’s been a collective lack of offense that’s contributed to the losing.

The Dodgers need to break out of their funk before it’s too late.

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