The Los Angeles Dodgers are struggling offensively. Since their 11-6 win in extras against the San Diego Padres last Friday, the Dodgers have scored a total of eleven runs through this Friday. During that time, Corey Seager has hit .083 while Justin Turner has cooled off (.158) from his hot start.
To make things more challenging, 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts has been in and out of the lineup. 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger remains on the sidelines as he recovers from a hairline fracture on his left fibula.
Los Angeles has lacked punch. They’ve lost four of their last five after Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Padres.
Their offense will get back on track.
They simply have too much talent to sustain this level of offensive ineptitude for more than a week or two. They have the best starting pitching in all of baseball. They have seasoned veterans that will continue to battle through this team wide slump.
This squad is too good to let one bad week derail a 162-game season.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Dodgers starting staff has been stupendous since during that same stretch. Julio Urias dismantled the Mariners (11 Ks, 1 H, 0 ER) en route to the best start of his career. Walker Buehler went seven innings, struck out nine, and gave up just two earned runs against the Padres.
MLB Team Starter ERA Leaders 4/17 – 4/24
- Padres 1.63
- Dodgers 2.13
- Rockies 2.21
- Giants 2.27
- Athletics 2.41
Kershaw, Buehler, Bauer, Urias, and May. There isn’t another team in baseball right now that has stable of quality starters like the Dodgers.
Is Dodgers-Padres a Rivalry?
The idea has been bandied about at length this year. Bottom line, their both two very talented teams that are competing for the same goal. Sure, the Padres haven’t won anything since, well, ever, but in this writer’s opinion, it’s a rivalry by definition.
All of that and more on a brand new episode of the 3 Up 3 Down Podcast!