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Dodgers offense fading down the stretch

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While most of the focus of Tuesday’s loss was on Pedro Baez and the bullpen, the Dodgers offense stalled again after a pair of early runs in the club’s third consecutive loss. Here’s a look at some numbers down the stretch, which hasn’t been kind to Dodgers bats.

In September, the Dodgers have scored three or fewer runs in 11 of their 19 games, including each of the last four. Prior to the season’s final month, the club had 48 such games (out of 132), no more than 12 in any month (August, out of 27 games).

Their 59 games with three or fewer runs in 2017 are tied for seventh fewest in baseball. When scoring four or more runs, the Dodgers are 78-14 (.848), but when scoring three or fewer they are 18-41 (.305).

That downturn has contributed to the club hitting just .213/.298/.368 as a team in September, averaging only 2.95 runs per game.

On the season, Dodgers batters have been ahead in the count in 36.4% of their plate appearances, and behind in 31.2%. The National League has seen batters ahead in 33.6% of PA, and behind 33.3%, a more even split.

In September, Dodgers batters have been ahead just 32.6% of the time, and behind 33.9%. They have been struck out in 25.6% of plate appearances in September, after 22.2% from April through August. The Dodgers walk rate was 10.6% before September, and 9.2% this month.

Nick Pivetta and Aaron Nola have pitched quality starts against the Dodgers in the first two games of their series in Philadelphia. Opposing pitchers have thrown 10 quality starts against the Dodgers in September.

Opposing pitchers have pitched quality starts against the Dodgers 31 times in 61 games since the All-Star break, after 32 quality starts in 90 games before the break.

The Dodgers averaged 5.14 runs per game before the break, hitting .256/.342/.447. Since the break, they are down a full run, averaging 4.08 runs while hitting .240/.322/.418.