Dodgers on historic pace of futility with bases loaded

“The Dodgers have 53 plate appearances with the bases loaded this season, tied for 5th most in MLB, but are the only team without an extra-base hit in that situation. The Dodgers rank dead last with a .303 OPS with the bases loaded, which would be the worst mark by any team since 1946.”

Lee Singer, ESPN.com

As you can see from the Baseball-Reference.com chart below (linked here), the site doesn’t really have records of batting with the bases loaded before 1945 – and I’m not exactly confident that those 1946 marks don’t have some holes in them.

The Dodgers have five sacrifice flies with the bases loaded this season.

Rk Year OPS PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 CIN 1946 .272 53 6 1 0 0 21 1 5 .118 .135 .137 .272
2 CHW 1946 .286 8 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 .000 .286 .000 .286
3 LAD 2013 .303 53 6 0 0 0 22 3 14 .133 .170 .133 .303
4 WSN 2013 .335 28 4 1 0 0 9 0 11 .154 .143 .192 .335
5 PHA 1946 .351 38 5 1 0 0 20 2 4 .139 .184 .167 .351
6 WSH 1947 .368 78 11 2 0 0 34 3 12 .149 .192 .176 .368
7 OAK 1978 .381 101 12 0 1 1 43 6 19 .143 .178 .202 .381
8 CHC 2013 .394 36 5 1 0 0 16 2 8 .167 .194 .200 .394
9 DET 1945 .395 29 4 0 0 0 16 3 1 .154 .241 .154 .395
10 SEA 1980 .407 124 19 3 0 0 58 6 21 .174 .205 .202 .407
11 LAD 1987 .409 119 19 2 0 1 51 4 24 .171 .193 .216 .409
12 CHW 1945 .416 28 3 0 0 0 12 5 6 .130 .286 .130 .416
13 PHI 2013 .419 28 4 2 0 0 15 0 8 .160 .179 .240 .419
14 NYG 1955 .425 103 13 4 0 1 55 6 16 .157 .184 .241 .425
15 ATL 1968 .425 108 19 0 0 0 45 5 14 .194 .231 .194 .425
16 CIN 1982 .426 110 18 0 0 1 50 5 21 .186 .209 .216 .426
17 CHC 1948 .426 53 9 1 0 0 32 3 5 .180 .226 .200 .426
18 SLB 1949 .432 98 15 3 1 0 52 6 11 .163 .214 .217 .432
19 SFG 1983 .432 127 19 0 0 2 64 5 22 .173 .205 .227 .432
20 HOU 2012 .439 132 15 3 0 3 59 10 33 .130 .205 .235 .439
21 NYG 1956 .441 111 16 6 0 0 55 6 19 .170 .207 .234 .441
22 NYM 1968 .445 122 21 1 0 1 62 6 35 .188 .221 .223 .445
23 KCR 1992 .448 107 15 2 0 1 61 4 17 .174 .215 .233 .448
24 NYY 1981 .452 83 12 1 0 1 45 6 12 .176 .217 .235 .452
25 NYY 1945 .455 38 5 1 1 1 19 1 7 .135 .158 .297 .455
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/27/2013.
  • foul tip

    Some of the futility has to be mental…pressing, trying too hard, overthinking instead of relaxing and letting ability and talent take over. Trying to hit a 5-run HR every time up, etc. That’s all I got on topic, FWIW.

    A bit OT, what became of Jonathan Sanchez since Dodger signing? Thought he was ABQ bound. Does not appear in their team stats, nor Chatt. Any info?

    And, in the Tennessean letters-to-editor a day or so back is this, under “greatest major league pitcher might surprise you”–

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130525/OPINION02/305250011/2070/OPINION

    Fairly small sample size, early modern era, and all that. Still makes you (or me, at least) wonder what might have been.

    • Anonymous

      I agree — it’s only natural if they’re pressing.
      If someone’s gotta go, why would it be Mattingly before McGwire? The latter’s former team is phenomenal with RISP. His current team is pathetic. . . . causal relationship?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      I think Sanchez was starting in extended spring training in Arizona to try to get his act back together.

  • foul tip

    Since I’m already off the reservation, this apparently is what you come up with when you need to write something about the Royals…a proposed trade: Ethier….for Jeff Francoeur.

    Maybe the writer is the one off the reservation. But he seems to share the idea that the Dodgers may be anxious (desperate?) and thinks they might bite. Whatever the reality of that, he probably is dead on with the following:

    “The Dodgers would have to agree to pay most of the $53.5 million due
    Either in 2015, 2016, and 2017 (as well they should for offering such an
    idiotic deal in the first place).”

    That’d be likely in ANY trade involving Ethier.

    http://kckingdom.com/2013/05/24/the-royals-should-consider-trading-for-the-dodgers-andre-ethier/

    • Anonymous

      If the Dodgers are comitted to Puig, and we all believe they are, then why pick up Francoeur? I’d rather deal Ethier for pitching prospects that may still be 3-4 years away. Either way, the Dodgers are going to be paying most, if not all, of his contract.

      • Anonymous

        Puig has two months of AA ball, where he’s not particularly young for the league. If the Dodgers can trade Ethier for prospects or for salary relief, they should pull the trigger, but not to make room for Puig.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

          I can’t see a scenario in which the Dodgers trade Ethier without the intention of calling up Puig. The organization seems ready to call him up whenever the opportunity exists.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    New game thread coming soon.

  • Anonymous

    Not knowing much about Bill Russel’s managerial competency, I have always wanted to see him as the third consecutive long term manager. Maybe Matingly might be the guy that gives the Dodgers the managerial stability they had with Alston and Lasorda. He has to learn more.

    I happened to be at the game in Cincinnati when Kemp hurt his shoulder. There is no way Mattingly should have left Kemp in the game. It was a very long delay before the game restarted after the injury. The next hitter popped up to shallow center and Kemp made a head first long slide trying to catch it. That had to hurt.

    The Dodgers might be suffering from the Piazza curse like the Sox suffered from the Bambino curse. That curse might be lifted if Piazza goes into the Hall as a Dodger. Or, is the problem more on Colletti as he signs Ethier to a contract few agreed with, add League’s and Grierier’s and Uribe’s contract to the list and one has to question Colletti’s judgement.

    • Anonymous

      Almost everyone loved the Ethier extension.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Didn’t you mean Denver when he ran into the wall then had to dive for the next soft liner?