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Dodgers offense up to the task so far

Andre Ethier is hitting .353/.452/.647 and has played in all but one game in 2015.
Andre Ethier is hitting .353/.452/.647 and has played in all but one game in 2015.
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers go for a sweep of the Padres on Sunday, and as their pitching depth gets tested the team will rely more and more on its offense, which to date has been up to the task.

The club is second in the National League scoring 4.88 runs per game. The Padres are first, just a tick ahead at 4.89.

The Dodgers lead the majors in slugging percentage (.490), OPS (.847) and OPS+ (137), and are second in on-base percentage (.356).

Through 17 games in 2015: 83 runs, 44 doubles, three triples, 25 home runs, 68 walks

Through 17 games in 2014: 69 runs, 38 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 60 walks

Even with Yasiel Puig missing time with a tight hamstring and with Carl Crawford out a few days with a stomach bug, the Dodgers outfield has been insanely productive, hitting .313/.415/.533, leading the majors in outfield OPS.

But it's not like the infield has been a slouch either. Using Baseball-Reference splits, which count catchers as part of the infield, Dodgers infielders are hitting .284/.349/.509, second in the majors in infield OPS.

The Dodgers have won 11 straight Sunday road games, dating back to Josh Beckett's no-hitter in Philadelphia last June 25. They have won 14 of their last 17 Sunday games, dating back to last June 22.

Howie Kendrick gets his first inning off on Sunday, with Justin Turner starting at second base. Alex Guerrero starts at third base, and Andre Ethier starts in right field with Puig still out.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA