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By Jon Weisman
Andre Ethier has delivered a bit more offense of late, going 7 for 15 with two doubles and three walks in his past five games.
The next step for Ethier would be to show some power. He has one homer (and no other extra-base hits) in his past 60 at-bats, April 19 against Arizona.
Ethier gets the start in left field today, with Matt Kemp in center. There’s no mystery of who is in right field: Yasiel Puig is starting his 13th consecutive game there.
Carl Crawford begins the game on the bench for the 13th time in 31 games this year. Crawford, who had a .905 OPS in April a year ago, had a .501 OPS when the calendar changed to May this year and is now down to .471 with a 1-for-9 start to the month.
Perhaps most strange: Crawford is 3 for 29 (with two walks and a sacrifice fly) since his last strikeout. His batting average on balls in play in that time is .100.