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The team ranks 16th in batting average and 29th in RISP this season.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
Dodgers bats have gone silent, a troubling trend this late in the season.
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In case you missed it, the Dodger are struggling to put the bat on the ball lately—and yes, they’re well aware of the issues.

“I think we have a lot of good players, and it’s frustrating when you don’t produce or do what you’re capable of,” Trea Turner said to MLB.com. “We’re capable of a lot, and we can play a lot better offensively going forward.”

The bottom half of the lineup has been particularly concerning, and the cries for Matt Beaty and Gavin Lux to rejoin the team from Triple-A Oklahoma City are getting louder.

Cody Bellinger, who’s batting .158 after yesterday’s one-run loss to the Cardinals, hasn’t had a hit in 24 at bats. Let’s not put the blame squarely on him, though. Despite Trea Turner’s .312 batting average, the team as a whole is putting up a .240 average. And their RISP? That would be 3.72, second only to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Juan Toribio at MLB.com has more.

Dodgers Links

Should the Cardinals re-sign Albert Pujols for what could be his final season next year? Benjamin Hochman at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so, and Cards fans probably don’t disagree.

Clayton Kershaw says he isn’t sure what will happen when he becomes a free agent this offseason, but former teammate AJ Ellis says Kersh is “a one-uniform guy.” Thomas Carranante at Dodgers Way breaks it down.

Giants play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming thinks the crackdown on sticky substances has something to do with the Dodgers’ decline. Curtis Pashelka explains those comments in the San Jose Mercury News.