Waiting for Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier

USA TODAY Sports

There are many reasons why the Dodgers are 17-24 this season. Two big ones hit in the middle of their lineup.

There are 78 players in the National League in 2013 with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.

Matt Kemp ranks 67th with a .335 slugging percentage. Andre Ethier is 59th with a .371 slugging percentage.

Among Los Angeles Dodgers with 1,000 plate appearances in their careers, Kemp ranks ninth with a .494 SLG, and Ethier is 11th at .473.

In May there are 78 players in the NL with 50 plate appearances. Kemp, who is hitting .293 this month, is 67th with a .345 SLG. Ethier, who is hitting .304, is 60th with a .388 SLG in May. Even team home run leader Carl Crawford, who is hitting .306 in May, is 53rd with a .388 SLG.

The trio was 0-for-12 on Saturday night in their 3-1 loss to the Braves.

Such is the story of the 2013 Dodgers. Second in the league in on-base percentage, but because of the lack of power they are second to last in runs scored.

What would Earl Weaver say about such a lack of power? Skip to the one-minute mark:

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