LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Shane Victorino #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his groundout to end the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Since the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox, the team has hit .256/.326/.396 and has averaged 3.73 runs per game. Small sample size sure, but with 25 games left in the season the Dodgers don't have the luxury of time on their side.
The team has scored three runs or less six times in those 11 games, and is 1-5 in those games. They are 4-1 in the games in which they have scored at least four runs. The Dodgers are 59-12 this season when they score four or more runs, an .830 winning percentage. The rest of MLB is 1596-565 when scoring four or more runs (.739).
The Dodgers have six home runs in their last four games, but all have been solo home runs, and their 3-1 lead in the seventh inning on Tuesday was their only lead of more than one run on the homestand.
In the 11 games since the trade, the Dodgers are hitting .219/.274/.313 with runners in scoring position.
The time to start hitting is now.
Wednesday's Pitching Matchup
Aaron Harang will make his fifth start of the season against the Padres in the series finale. He has been up and down against his former team this year. Harang has lasted seven innings twice against San Diego, and in another start struck out 13, including a Dodger-record nine straight, but he has also allowed four runs in three of his four starts. On the year Harang is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA against the Padres, with 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 24 2/3 innings.
Clayton Richard is also making his fifth start against the Dodgers this year. He has a 2.63 ERA in four starts, and has allowed two runs in seven innings three times in his four starts.
Paco Coming Up
Steven Rodriguez is here at Dodger Stadium, wearing number 75. The left-hander was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Florida, and has struck out 32 of the 77 professional hitters he has faced. Rodriguez has a combined 0.92 ERA with Class A Great Lakes and Double A Chattanooga.
The Dodgers will have to make a corresponding roster move to add Rodriguez.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket