Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers offense continues to thrive late in games and against right-handed pitching


The odds were stacked against Seattle Mariners reliever Matt Magill when he took the mound Monday night, his team leading the Dodgers by two in the bottom of the seventh inning.


The two coalesced in Monday’s win, as the Dodgers hung six runs on right-handed Mariners starter Justin Dunn before exploding against another right-hander in Magill, who previously hadn’t been scored on in any of his eight innings to open the season.


From there, AJ Pollock drove in one run with a single to left, Max Muncy drew a walk to force home another and Joc Pederson grounded into a run-scoring double-play with the bases still loaded to give the Dodgers the lead.


Mariners relief pitcher Matt Magill is pulled from the game by manager Scott Servais, left, after giving up a two-run home run to Kiké Hernandez.


Late-game offense has long been a strength of the club’s, especially after they won 12 games via walk-off last season, a byproduct perhaps best explained by their intangible confidence in clutch situations.


The differences between facing righties and lefties — the Dodgers are far less effective against southpaws, with a .210 average that ranks 27th in the league — is even more surprising, particularly because most of the team’s best hitters this year (notably Mookie Betts, Turner and Pollock) swing from the right side.






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