Dodgers need the return of the four horsemen
Sure, this is obvious.
One of the horsemen was back but hardly anyone noticed because the team kept losing. The second one joined him this week and it directly resulted in two victories for the Dodgers. If they hope to have any chance in October it would behoove the other two horsemen to join Bellinger/Turner and make a charge to break through the thorny walls of October that have eluded many other stacked Dodger teams in the 21st century.
For most of this summer, the Dodgers had four qualified MVP candidates. They were so good it was ridiculous out productive the first four hitters were night after night. That all ended on August 27th, but for the Dodgers to have a shot in October they need the four horsemen to provide something close to the kind of production they had provided from April 1st – August 27th.
This is what the four have done in Sept.
Player Split Year HR PA BA OBP SLG OPS Cody Bellinger Sept/Oct 2017 3 56 .286 .375 .612 .987 Justin Turner Sept/Oct 2017 2 51 .318 .412 .591 1.003 Chris Taylor Sept/Oct 2017 1 53 .226 .226 .321 .547 Corey Seager Sept/Oct 2017 0 31 .222 .290 .296 .587
Turner has been quietly hitting, and I say quietly because he was doing this while the team was losing, while the Bellinger break out this week resulted in the only two wins since the Dreamers were put on a see-saw.
The Dodgers can probably beat bad teams with just two of the horsemen making hay, but to beat the October teams, I think they will need the Chris Taylor engine to reignite and Corey Seager to overcome his elbow issues and provide the production he has provided for most of his major league career.
We should be legitimately worried about Chris Taylor, not because he’s hitting .226 in Sept but because his OBP is also .226 which means he still hasn’t taken a walk in Sept. Maybe my wishing for Lorenzo Cain wasn’t such a bad idea after all.