The Los Angeles Dodgers have scored ten runs in their past four games, but scored eight of those in two separate games, leaving many to begin questioning the offense.
While the Dodger offense was on a record-setting pace in April, they slowed down a bit in May. In June, they actually have scored the fourth-most runs in the MLB with fourth-best OBP. Their batting average ranks 12th and they have hit into the second-most double plays, but they are also third in home runs. Even with the encouraging numbers, the offense has scored two runs or less in more than half of their last 11 games.
After scoring just one run in Monday night’s loss, manager Don Mattingly addressed the offense via Zach Helfand of the LA Times:
I think we’re fine,” Mattingly said. “Right now our lineup is not really a problem. We’ve got spots. I think we’re capable.”
In terms of overall offense, the Dodgers still rank among the top teams in the NL and MLB. They have dealt with some injuries, but with Scott Van Slyke expected back soon, they should soon be near full strength for the first time since April. Yasiel Puig has returned and hit safely in seven of eight games, Andre Ethier has steadily produced and Yasmani Grandal has homered in three of the his past four starts.
The Dodger catcher also added his take on the matter:
Here, you’ve got so many veterans, they know the numbers are going to be there at the end of the day,” Grandal said. “It’ll get here at some point.”
Adrian Gonzalez has been slumping a bit, but he’s been one of the most consistent producers the past few years and he will get it back. Howie Kendrick has been inconsistent on the road, but has also a model of consistency in his career. The Dodgers offense should click soon and the problems will be erased.
Adrian Gonzalez Talks Bobblehead Night, Dodgers Offense