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Dodgers Have Been Giving Up The Long Ball

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Hiroki Kuroda and the Dodger pitchers have given up quite a few longballs in the first week of the season.
Hiroki Kuroda and the Dodger pitchers have given up quite a few longballs in the first week of the season.

It's hard to be worried about anything six games into a 162-game season, but one area of slight concern in the early going is the home run deficit by the Dodgers. The Dodgers have hit just three home runs, accounting for four of their 17 runs through six games, while their pitchers have given up 10 home runs, sixth most in baseball so far. Seven of the 10 home runs allowed have been solo shots, and have accounted for 15 of the 29 runs allowed by the Dodgers.

The Dodgers haven't given up 10 home runs this early in the season since 2005, when they allowed 11 home runs in their first six games. In the past 10 seasons, the Dodgers have usually taken much longer to give up their 10th home run.

Dodgers Giving Up 10th Home Run Of The Season
Year 10th HR Game Total HR Allowed
2011 6 ???
2010 9 134
2009 15 (also 11th HR) 127
2008 16 123
2007 19 146
2006 8 (10-13th HR) 152
2005 6 (10-11th HR) 182
2004 10 178
2003 14 127
2002 10 165
2001 9 (10-11th HR) 184

The 2002 squad gave up a whopping seven home runs in their first two games of the season, but it took nine more games to hit the next three dingers.

The Dodgers have given up at least one home run in all six games so far. They haven't given up a home run in seven straight games since August 17-24, 2007.