As the Dodgers mercifully say goodbye to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, playing their last game against a divisional foe that has beaten them 11 of 17 times this year, the problems for Los Angeles are obvious. The team simply isn't hitting.
With 20 games left in the regular season, let's look at how the heart of the order has performed over the last 20 games:
Shane Victorino: .230/.310/.284, four runs scored in 19 games
Adrian Gonzalez: .200/.250/.329, two home runs, 12 RBI, including four games with Boston
Matt Kemp: .213/.269/.311, one home run, five RBI, eight runs in 16 games
Hanley Ramirez: .208/.265/.481, six home runs, 11 RBI, seven runs scored
Andre Ethier: .329/.386/.579, five home runs, 11 RBI, 13 runs scored
The Dodgers have scored just 66 runs in their last 20 games, and as a result are 7-13 during that span, helping to turn a half-game division lead into a six-game deficit.
Sometimes the solution is really simple. The middle of the order simply has to produce, or the Dodgers won't win.
Game Time: 6:40 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket