The Los Angeles Dodgers early struggles against the San Francisco Giants last season have risen once again as the Dodgers have lost all six games at AT&T Park and seven of nine overall to the Giants in 2015.
After suffering a third consecutive shutout loss to the Giants, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly discussed his club’s struggles and expressed confidence in a forthcoming turnaround, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
We made the guy fight for outs,” Mattingly said. “We continue to have good at-bats. We have professional guys that are not going to panic. We’re not going to panic. We’ll be fine. We’re still in pretty good position.”
A.J. Ellis credited the Giants for winning another series and said the Dodgers’ offense needed to match the production seen from the pitching staff:
The Giants beat us, plain and simple,” said catcher A.J. Ellis. “They played better the three days, and we’ve got to regroup. That’s not the brand of Dodgers baseball we’ve been playing. The starters and relievers did a good job. The offense has got to do our part”
Since beating the Miami Marlins by a score of 11-1 on May 12, the Dodgers have scored just 16 runs in seven games while allowing 27. After consecutive 5-4 losses charged to the bullpen, the Dodgers have scored more than one run in a game just once.
The bullpen has had their hiccups this season, like every bullpen seemingly will, but this streak is the first time this season that the Dodgers have lacked any offensive punch. The defending National League West champions still lead the Majors in wRC+ (123), OPS (.804) and wOBA (.349), and rank second in the Majors with 61 home runs, fourth in RBIs (180), and seventh in batting average (.261).
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