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A Melancholy Sunday Morning

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It has been a year since Andre Ethier has hit for any power.
It has been a year since Andre Ethier has hit for any power.

Heading into the series finale with the Marlins today at Dodger Stadium, there are a lot of reasons to be down on the boys in blue:

  • The Dodgers are 72-90 in their last 162 games
  • Since returning from his broken pinkie last May 31, Andre Ethier has played in 158 of a possible 165 games, starting 150 of them. He is hitting a remarkably ordinary .278/.353/.427 with 33 doubles, 17 home runs, 67 runs scored, and 67 RBI.
  • The Dodgers have scored two runs or less in 14 of their last 26 games. They are 1-13 in those games.
  • The Dodgers are last in the National League in OPS from first base and left field, are 14th (out of 16 teams) at third base, 12th at catcher, 11th at second base, and 10th at shortstop
  • The Dodgers are 1-8-1 in their last 10 series
  • The Dodgers haven't won a home series since April 18-21, when they took three of four from Atlanta
  • The Marlins are 16-8 away from home, the best road record in baseball

However, here are some positives:

  • Clayton Kershaw is pitching today for the Dodgers
  • Kershaw has allowed two runs or less in 32 of his 50 career starts at Dodger Stadium.
  • Dodger center fielders (Matt Kemp has 218 of the 223 plate appearances from the position) lead the NL in OPS (.907)
  • Did I mention Kershaw was pitching?

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Game Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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