After getting swept in San Diego last week, the Dodgers own a 3-7 record against the Padres in 2021. A big reason why the Dodgers lost all three games was their pitiful offense. They scored a total of seven runs in the series.
San Diego certainly deserves credit for game planning, but the Dodgers are a better offensive team than they’ve shown in their contests with the Padres.
Dodgers Offense Against San Diego by the Numbers
Through Saturday, the Dodgers have averaged 5.25 runs per game against the rest of the league. However, against San Diego, they’ve averaged 3.70. Moreover, the Padres have held the Dodgers to a .192 batting average.
Simply put, that’s not going to cut it when you’re playing one of the most potent offenses in the league.
Surprisingly, the Dodgers offense when playing San Diego is at its worst against right-handed pitching. Dodger hitters have a collective .595 OPS against Padres’ righties and a .655 mark versus their lefties. For context, league average in 2021 is .713. Los Angeles also strikes out almost a third of the time against those same righties (31.3%).
Former Dodger Yu Darvish has certainly piled up his fair share of those strikeouts in his three starts. Darvish has 29 strikeouts in his three starts and a sterling 1.35 ERA. He’s allowed just two extra base hits.
Perhaps the most damming stat of all – the Dodgers have hit .097 in the first inning. Three automatic outs to start a game is not how a team builds momentum in high pressure games.
On paper, the Dodgers have one of the best lineups in all of baseball. Whether it’s being more aggressive at the plate or creating more contact on breaking pitches, they need to make an adjustment.
Three losses to a divisional opponent in June won’t make or break a season.
Three losses in September however, could be a different story.