Dodgers blues: offense disappears in June

June, 28, 2012
6/28/12
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AP PhotoThe Dodgers are having one of the worst Junes in history and now may be without Andre Ethier.
Once the darlings of baseball and the hottest team on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers have fallen off a cliff this past month, perhaps reaching their lowest point of the season yesterday.

Not only did they suffer a historic sweep against the San Francisco Giants during which they scored zero runs, but Andre Ethier left the game with an oblique injury and could join Matt Kemp on the disabled list soon.

The Dodgers offense has struggled mightily since Kemp went on the DL for the second time May 31… how low can they go now that Ethier might be on the sidelines indefinitely too?

JUNE GLOOM AND DOOM
For the first time in franchise history, they were shut out in series sweep of three or more games, according to Elias. The Dodgers have been shut out a major-league-high five times in June; they were shut out just once in the first two months of the season. Even worse, the Dodgers have six home runs this month; 11 players in the league have more in June.

The Dodgers went 1-8 on their nine-game road trip, scoring a total of 13 runs. Perhaps the most embarrassing part of the trip for Dodgers fans is that six of those losses came against their California rivals – the Oakland Athletics and Giants – as they were outscored 24-2 in the two series.

The Dodgers are hitting just .219 with an OPS of .590 in June, both of which would be their worst marks in the month over the last 90 seasons. They have hit just six home runs in 25 games, a rate of 0.24 homers per game that would be their lowest in June since they averaged 0.14 per game in 1946.

Can the Dodgers offense survive without their two main offensive stars? Consider that if Kemp and Ethier are out of the lineup, that leaves A.J. Ellis as the only Dodgers player with more than three home runs. Kemp and Ethier have combined to hit 22 homers this season; the rest of the team has hit just 22.

WHAT’S AHEAD
Tonight the Dodgers return to Chavez Ravine to face the New York Mets, who are coming off a 17-1 win at Wrigley Field, in an unprecedented matchup of teams headed in different directions.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it will be the first game in major-league history matching a team that scored 15 or more runs in its last game versus an opponent that was shut out in each of its previous three games.

The Dodgers will be challenged to break their scoreless streak against a Mets team that has eight shutouts this season, the second-most in the NL. One thing they can probably count on, however, is a strong start from Chris Capuano, who is 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA in seven home outings this season.

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