The Dodgers are getting a taste of reality, after their 7-2 loss to the St. Cardinals extended their losing streak to three games. Now, the Dodgers are in a two-way tie for first place in the NL West with the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers’ sluggers have taken a backseat to extra-base hitting as they’ve either racked up strikeouts or hit bloopers into the outfield.

In L.A.’s five hits, only 2 resulted in runs while 10 runners were left stranded. While the season is still in its early stages, the offensive’s output is day and night compared to the Dodgers’ first nine games.

Quiet L.A. Offense

The Dodgers are on the verge of getting swept for the first time this season, as the Cardinals have outscored the L.A.15-5 in the first three games of the four-game series, so far.

11 strikeouts wiped the Dodgers from the base paths, although they were able to create traffic. While the season-long home run party continued with Max Muncy going the distance in the seventh inning. But it was a Joc Pederson solo home run in in the sixth that finally put L.A. on the board.

Corey Seager and Justin Turner have yet to caught fire this first month in season, as they both went 0-4 against the Cardinals today.

Hot Hitting Cardinals

Even with the Cardinals making questionable plays in the outfield, they’ve hit their way around the Dodgers. Beside Kenta Maeda keeping them within striking distance for a comeback win, Marcell Ozuna clobbered a three-run home run in the seventh that seemingly put any chance to bed for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers wrap up the four-game series tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m. with marquee matchup between an upcoming star in Walker Buehler, who will be the Dodgers starting pitcher, and Michael Wacha, the Cardinals seasoned veteran on the mound.

THE DODGERS WILL START KERSHAW ON SUNDAY OR MONDAY