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The 0s have it: A breakdown of the breakdown

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By Jon Weisman

On a seven-game road trip earlier this month to Milwaukee and Colorado, the Dodgers scored 39 runs, despite having 13 of the scheduled 63 innings rained out. On the days unaffected by rain, the Dodgers averaged 7.4 runs per game.

But the Dodgers past four road games — May 19-21 in San Francisco and Friday in St. Louis — have led to a team-record four consecutive road shutouts.

A bit extreme, you could say. In 2015, the Dodgers have averaged just under four runs per road game, but they haven’t actually scored exactly four runs in a road game this season.

In addition to obviously being homerless over their past four road games, the Dodgers have been an uncharacteristic 0-for-22 with runners in scoring position — uncharacteristic because overall this season, the Dodgers have an .839 OPS with RISP in 2015, No. 2 in the National League.

Here’s how each of the Dodger position players have done during the shutout streak, with batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS:

  • Howie Kendrick: 5 for 16 with a double (.313/.313/.375/.688)
  • Jimmy Rollins: 4 for 13 with a walk (.308/.357/.308/.675)
  • Joc Pederson: 3 for 15 with three walks, two doubles (.200/.333/.333/.667)
  • Scott Van Slyke: 2 for 7 with a walk (.286/.375/.286/.661)
  • Justin Turner: 3 for 10 (.300/.300/.300/.600)
  • Kiké Hernandez: 1 for 5 with a double (.200/.200/.400/.600)
  • Adrian Gonzalez: 3 for 14 with two walks (.214/.313/.214/.527)
  • Juan Uribe: 1 for 4 (.250/.250/.250/.500)
  • A.J. Ellis: 1 for 6 with a walk (.167/.286/.167/.453)
  • Alex Guerrero: 3 for 15 (.200/.200/.200/.400)
  • Yasmani Grandal: 1 for 8 with a double (.125/.125/.250/.375)
  • Andre Ethier: 1 for 11 (.091/.091/.091/.182)
  • Chris Heisey: 0 for 1 (.000/.000/.000/.000)
  • Total: 28 for 125 with eight walks, five doubles (.224/.271/.264/.535)

Today, weather permitting, the Dodgers face Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha, who has a 1.87 ERA despite only 5.5 strikeouts per nine innings. His xFIP is 4.09. To quote from “Joe vs. the Volcano”: “Joe, nobody knows anything. We’ll take this leap, and we’ll see.”


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1 Comment

  1. oldbrooklynfan

    It’s bad enough when you can’t win on the road but it’s worse when you can’t even score.

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