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Dodgers Need To Get Offensive

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On July 22, the Manny Bobbleslam win gave the Dodgers their fifth straight win, and provided them with a nine-game cushion in the NL West.  Since then, the Dodgers have a 13-18 record, despite outscoring their opponents, 129-119.  Even if we remove the 17-4 drubbing of the Brewers (which I don't believe we should), the club, given their run differential, should have split 30 games instead of winning 12.

The pitching has been outstanding, posting a 3.45 ERA over the last 31 games.  The Dodgers have given up more than four runs only eight times during that span, and they are 0-8 in those games.  Still, pitching hasn't really been the problem over the last month or so.

The Dodgers have been absolutely wasting this good pitching.  The offense simply hasn't been pulling its weight.  From July 24 to present:

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Ethier 122 20 45 14 2 5 25 16 1/0 .369/.458/.639 1.097
Blake 107 18 32 5 3 4 13 12 1/1 .299/.366/.514 .880
Kemp 121 18 35 9 0 5 23 5 7/2 .289/.313/.488 .800
Hudson 102 10 30 5 0 1 8 9 1/1 .294/.363/.373 .735
Manny 114 11 29 8 0 2 9 14 0/0 .254/.346/.377 .723
Martin 98 12 24 5 0 2 10 6 1/0 .245/.308/.357 .666
Furcal 133 18 34 3 2 1 9 10 1/1 .256/.306/.331 .636
Loney 106 7 26 5 0 0 13 11 1/1 .245/.316/.292 .609
DeWitt 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .333/.333/.667 1.000
Pierre 38 7 14 1 1 0 1 2 0/2 .368/.419/.447 .866
Abreu 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0/1 .250/.455/.250 .705
Ausmus 20 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .300/.300/.300 .600
Loretta 39 2 7 1 0 0 5 3 1/0 .179/.233/.205 .438
Castro 15 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .200/.200/.200 .400
Pitchers 64 3 12 2 0 1 7 2 1/0 .188/.212/.266 .478
Totals 1090 129 300 59 8 21 125 93 15/9 .275/.338/.402 .740

Outside of Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, and Matt Kemp, the offense has stunk for the past month or so.  The club is averaging 4.16 runs per game during this time, compared to 5.03 in their first 95 games.

James Loney, Rafael Furcal, and Russell Martin are automatic outs right now, and Manny Ramirez isn't far ahead of them in terms of production.  We can complain all we want, but our starting eight is pretty much set for the remainder of the season.  Its time for them to start producing, because if they don't, the Dodgers' October calendar won't have many dates.

With Josh Fogg, who has pitched in relief all season, slated to start today for the Rockies, the time is now for the Dodger offense to hit or get off the pot.