Dodgers Give Fans 8 Home Runs Opening Day
Dave Roberts was asked what modifier struck a chord to depict the Dodgers’ 12-5 opening-day whipping of Arizona on Thursday, a diversion in which the Dodgers tied an establishment record by slugging eight homers.
“I don’t have a clue if it’s a descriptive word or modifier, however it was center,” the Dodgers supervisor said. “It was constant.”
Roberts was referring to his players’ control at the plate, where hitters would not grow the strike zone, worked good tallies and jumped on the mix-ups of Arizona starter Zack Greinke and reliever Matt Koch throughout the evening.
Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson each hit two homers and Austin Barnes, Corey Seager, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger dove deep in a power blast that coordinated an eight-homer diversion in which Shawn Green dove deep multiple times against Milwaukee in 2002.
In any case, Roberts could simply be depicting the demeanor and approach of a group that has won six straight National League West titles however has lost the last two World Series, to the Houston Astros in seven amusements in 2017 and to the Boston Red Sox in five recreations in 2018.
At the point when the Dodgers answered to spring preparing in 2018 they were all the while harping on their World Series misfortune to the Astros. Some felt that “aftereffect impact” added to a moderate begin and first-half battle that constrained the overwhelming division top picks to in the long run play Colorado in a one-amusement playoff for the NL West title.
Hernandez, who is changing from a very utility job to a normal second baseman, said he saw an alternate power level this spring contrasted and last.
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“I think a year ago we invested a great deal of energy, with you folks, however inside the clubhouse, discussing what had occurred in October [of 2017],” Hernandez said. “This year, we didn’t generally do quite a bit of that, if any whatsoever. We were truly centered from the very beginning around this year and dealing with the business.”
For what reason did players invest less energy harping on their second World Series misfortune?
“Since we had it occur previously — it was the first, and it hurt,” Hernandez said. “We proceeded onward. We discovered that [dwelling on the past] didn’t help. It was simply awful, negative vitality. We center around the positive at this point.”
Bellinger’s execution in the course of the most recent two years reflected that of the Dodgers. In the wake of winning NL tenderfoot of-the-year respects by hitting .267 with a .933 on-base-in addition to slugging rate, 39 homers and 97 RBIs in 2017, he slipped to .260 with a .814 OPS, 25 homers and 76 RBIs in 2018.