The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in a 3-1 hole heading into Game 5 tonight. The Dodgers have led in almost every statistic except for the final score. Their fate is in their own hands.
The lose Tuesday night to the St. Louis Cardinals had to be demoralizing for the team and fans. If the Dodgers could have won behind Ricky Nelasco and evened up the series 2-2, they would have been favored to take the next two games and series with Zack Grienke and Clayton Kershaw lined up to start.
In turn, the Dodgers lost another game in which they out hit the Cardinals. In the series, the Dodgers have out hit the Cardinals 31 to 19 but it has not translated onto the scoreboard.
The Cardinals were the best hitting team in the National League with runners in scoring position during the regular season but despite their team average of .148 in the NLCS they have a chance to close out the Dodgers in Game 5 this afternoon.
The story of this series is the inability of the Dodgers to hit with runners in scoring position. They have a team batting average of .223 in the NLCS but they have not capitalized when they have had runners on base and this is why the Dodgers find themselves one game from elimination.
Pitching is not the problem for the Dodgers considering the team ERA’s are virtually identical. If the Dodgers are going to get back into this series, they will need to continue to hit and get on base but they will also need to get that big hit.
Who is going to be the player that steps up and gets the big hit?
Hanley Ramirez was a big part in the divisional series against the Atlanta Braves. He is now hurt and it looks like its going to be up to Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, and Yasiel Puig.
If the Dodgers can get on a roll like they did in mid June, they can take control of this series and get themselves back to the World Series.
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