The Dodgers offense has been bad. No, like really bad.
Over the last two weeks, they’ve had one of the worst offenses in all of baseball. It’s kind of flown under the radar, considering they’ve been one of the best teams in all of baseball during this stretch. Well, that’s what happens when you have great pitching.
Since August 16, the Dodgers have scored more than five runs in a game only one time. That’s two weeks worth of games where LA’s firepower offense hasn’t been able to top the five-run mark frequently. That seems crazy, doesn’t it?
Since August 16, here’s where LA’s offense ranks across all of baseball:
- .198 average (29th)
- .276 on-base percentage (28th)
- 25.1 strikeout % (27th)
- .276 wOBA (27th)
- 75 wRC+ (27th)
- .360 slugging percentage (25th)
- 49 runs (22nd)
Yeah, it’s been awful. With the exception of Will Smith, AJ Pollock and Trea Turner, no other Dodgers players have really been playing great in August. We know that players go through slumps during the season, but having so many key pieces struggling at the same exact time certainly isn’t helping.
Take a look at the notable slumps going on right now.
#Dodgers offense has been in a funk— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 30, 2021
Muncy's last 23 games: .183 AVG/.746 OPS
Taylor's last 22 games: .226 AVG/.658 OPS
Turner's last 19 games: .158 AVG/.525 OPS
Bellinger's last 17 games: .133 AVG/.328 OPS
Seager's last 10 games: .182 AVG/.524 OPS
Betts since IL return: 1-for-11
If there’s a silver lining, I guess that if most players are slumping now, they’ll all break out of it soon, right? Considering the Dodgers have been one of the best teams in August, their offensive struggles haven’t really cost them too much.
Hopefully the offense starts a new hot streak tonight as this is arguably the most crucial week of the season.
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, ESPN (Out of market)
Opponent: Atlanta Braves
Venue: Dodger Stadium