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A look at the Los Angeles Dodgers' Offensive Output the past week.

The Dodgers went 5-1 this past week, but their offense deserves little of the credit.

NOTE:  This article covers games May 23-30, so not the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the Cubs (5.31)

The Dodgers had a great past week, going 5-1 against the Reds and the Mets.  Of course, the good feelings from Sunday’s thrilling win in Queens were quickly drowned by the relentless putridity of a Dodger offense who mustered but one hit and one walk against the Cubs.

 

The story all season has been the Dodger offense, despite all the shade thrown at the bullpen and non-Kershaw starters.  So how much of a role did the bats play in the week?  Let’s take a look:



R

BB

K

wRC+

HR

BABIP

29 (T-8th NL)

9 (5th)

26 (3rd Most)

86 (11th)

6 (11th)

.296 (8th)

 

So yeah…..Not a lot there.  The truth is that the Dodger pitching did most of the heavy lifting, despite some signs of life over the weekend in Queens.  So let’s break down what the hitters did as individuals.

 

Three Up



Player

Avg/OBP/Slg

wRC+

BABIP

BB%

K%

Seager

.280/.357/.400

113

.375

7

29

Gonzalez

.409/.480/.591

196

.533

12

24

Utley

.292/.357/.583

149

.333

11

29

 

Seager continues to look more and more like a veteran All-Star player instead of a rookie.  He was a bit more feast/famine this week with that 29% K Rate, but the bottom line is that he had multi-hit games all series in New York.  He did have some luck on batted balls, but overall, it was a solid week for the young shortstop.

There’s no real explanation for the bizarre home/road splits for A-Gon so far this year, so let’s not bother.  Suffice it to say, it was good to see he still likes hitting in the road grays.  He, along with Utley, put together a great series in New York, and the Dodgers are going to need him to solidify a lineup still counting on him to provide the butter and eggs.

Utley basically tore Queens to shreds with a classic trolling of the Mets, a team he’s been tormenting his entire career.  He is now without question the Dodgers’ lead-off man, and while he, like Seager, saw his strikeouts go up the past week, he did more than enough to compensate for it. Two months into the year, the Dodgers are legit getting a glimpse at All-Star Philly Chase Utley, which has been crucial in keeping the team afloat.

 

Three Down

 

Player

Avg/OBP/Slg

wRC+

BABIP

BB%

K%

Puig

.176/.263/.176

29

.250

11%

26%

Pederson

.174/.208/.304

36

.222

4%

21%

Grandal

.143/.333/.357

99

.100

22

17%

 

So Puig is of course on the naughty list, as he continues to struggle significantly.  He was pulled early last week against the Reds when he smoked a ball off the wall in right, but stared at it too long to make it to second base.  He is basically the least productive right fielder in the National League, and he’s putting the Dodgers in an awful spot with Scott Van Slyke due to rejoin the club in June.

Joc has been one of the Dodgers’ best three hitters all year, so we’ll chalk this up to a good old fashioned slump, and don’t dismiss his .222 BABIP which strongly suggests luck had some role in his downturn.

Grandal is really hurting, although again, that .100 BABIP is not sustainable.  He’s due some better luck and he has managed to get himself on base via the walk, which is more than can be said for too many in the Dodger lineup.  Despite homering against the Reds, he’s really struggling to square up fat pitches.  Grandal bouncing back from his injury-plagued close to the season was something the Dodgers took for granted, but the All-Star form he showed for much of last season has yet to return.

 

Looking at both these tables, the Dodgers’ issue continues to be the same.  They aren’t walking, which means they aren’t getting on base enough to create enough scoring opportunities. Walking and homering are the two biggest things teams can do to maintain a consistent offense, and right now the Dodgers are doing neither.   Too often they have a “break-out” game (last Saturday in New York for example) only to bog down once more (this Monday in Chicago).

The struggling offense didn’t hurt them this week, but it’s not a trend anybody wants to see continue.