Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers will face a test on Monday night with the Washington Nationals in town, with an offense that is clicking in June.
Washington is 11-6 so far this month and is averaging 5.82 runs per game. Key culprits for the month include left fielder fielder Jayson Werth, hitting .327/.424/.491 in June and in his career is 9-for-32 (.281) with two home runs and four walks against Kershaw; catcher Wilson Ramos (.358/.407/.679 in June), center fielder Michael Taylor (.390/.419/.634) and shortstop Danny Espinosa (.273/.365/.636).
Taylor is 2-for-6 with a double against Kershaw, while Espinosa (2-for-14, double, seven strikeouts) and Ramos (1-for-9, three strikeout) have struggled against the southpaw.
Bryce Harper is 1-for-12 with a home run and seven strikeouts against Kershaw. Harper, who made his major league debut at Dodger Stadium on Apr. 28, 2012, is 9-for-31 in nine games at Chavez Ravine, hitting .290/.361/.419.
Only three Dodgers have faced Stephen Strasburg more than six plate appearances in their careers, and Wil Venable (4-for13, double, triple, walk) sits. Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-9 with a double against him, while Chase Utley is 4-for-27 (.148) with a walk and seven strikeouts.
After making noise for the better part of a week that Yasiel Puig would probably be activated on Monday, manager Dave Roberts said on Monday the outfielder would come off the disabled list on Tuesday. Puig last played for the Dodgers on June 2, sidelined nearly three weeks with a left hamstring strain.