The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the best home teams so far in 2015, as they are 25-10 at Dodger Stadium, with 165 runs scored, which ranks third in Major League Baseball, heading into play Wednesday.
Despite the team’s success at home, they have not been able to replicate it on the road. The Dodgers have only scored 117 runs on the road, which ranks 21st in the Majors, leading to a subpar 12-18 road record.
The Dodgers still hold a 2.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West, however. According to Zach Helfand of the LA Times, Yasmani Grandal believes there’s no need to panic or for the Dodgers to get away from who they are offensively:
I think we need to stay within our strengths,” Grandal said. “There’s no reason why we need to change what we’ve been doing. I mean, we’re struggling, we’re still in first place. There’s no reason to change. Don’t change it if it ain’t broken.”
The Dodgers are 8-8 in the month of June, a month in which the offense has been both good and bad. They’ve scored the fourth most runs in baseball in the month of June, but in their past 12 games they have only scored more than two runs five times. Furthermore, the team’s on-base percentage ranks fourth in the Majors this month.
One other sign of encouragement is that Yasiel Puig is back from his hamstring injury, and he is playing well. In nine games since his return, Puig is 13-for-35 (.371 batting average), with a home run and four RBIs.
While the likes of Adrian Gonzalez and Jimmy Rollins may be slumping, the Dodgers have managed to play well enough to hold the fourth-best record in all of baseball, which in it of itself is encouraging.
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