Dodgers Swept by Diamondbacks as Star Hitters Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman Go Cold in NLDS

Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman's Playoff Struggles Leave Dodgers Searching for Answers

A year after a humiliating NLDS exit against the Padres, the Dodgers faced a similar fate, getting swept by the 84-win Diamondbacks. The absence of production from their top hitters, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, proved costly in the postseason.

“I can’t speak for all of us but I did absolutely nothing to help us win.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ postseason woes continued as they suffered a devastating sweep at the hands of the 84-win Arizona Diamondbacks, mirroring their ignominious exit from the NLDS the previous year against the San Diego Padres. The lack of offensive firepower, notably from the top of the lineup, has left Dodgers fans and management deeply disappointed.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mookie Betts, who had an outstanding regular season with a .307 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, and 39 home runs, went completely cold in the playoffs, going 0-11.
  • Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers’ No. 2 hitter, also had an impressive regular season with a .331 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, and 29 home runs but struggled mightily in October, managing just one hit in ten at-bats, without any RBIs.
  • Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts expressed his frustration, acknowledging the uncharacteristic struggles of his star hitters, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, who went a combined 1-21 in the series.

It’s hard not to sympathize with Roberts in this situation. The Dodgers relied heavily on Betts and Freeman’s offensive prowess throughout the regular season, and their playoff no-shows had a significant impact on the team’s postseason aspirations. As the saying goes, “the offense goes as Mookie and Freddie go,” and in this critical series, they simply did not go.

“You know what, I know that those guys are prepared. Those are our guys, two great players. It’s one of the things that baseball — I don’t have an answer, I really don’t.”

After a rollercoaster year in 2023, where the Dodgers achieved 100-plus wins yet again but faced two consecutive heart-wrenching Divisional Round losses, change seems inevitable. Regardless of the adjustments made, one thing remains certain: Mookie Betts wearing No. 50 and Freddie Freeman donning No. 5 will still be part of the Opening Day roster, offering hope and redemption for the team’s devoted fans.

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