The problem certainly isn’t pitching with the Dodgers right now. The starters are doing everything that they can to keep pace with teams and have thrown the ball very well. The bullpen keeps getting put into games attempting to keep games close as they chase opponents.
But it’s the offense that has been a real issue early on. The Dodgers tallied just 4 hits in 29 at-bats on Friday night against the Padres, and in the process broke a really bad history record. Not the news that any of us were hoping for out of the best team in baseball.
The Dodgers have combined for just 23 hits over their last 6 games. That is their lowest mark for a 6-game span since September of 1909. A 112-year-old record broken in the worst way possible, and fans in Los Angeles couldn’t hate it more.
The worst part is that it’s not just one part of the lineup struggling. Top to bottom, the Dodgers just cannot seem to find a groove with the bat. Corey Seager and Mookie Betts are a combined 5-for-27(.185 BA) dating back to Monday’s game against the Mariners.
Justin Turner has just 2 hits of his own in that span while Max Muncy has just 1. All over the lineup, the Dodgers are floundering. And the fact that they’ve been so banged up health-wise only makes the matter worse.
The Dodgers have been forced to go with AJ Pollock against right-handed pitching as well as Edwin Rios against left-handed pitching. They’ve also had to use Luke Raley far more than anyone could’ve predicted this early in the season.
There is still a lot of time to right the ship, but this is getting UGLY.