Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dodgers by the numbers

In today's installment, I'm going to take a look at the offense and all of the TERRIFIC and RECORD-BREAKING numbers they put up on a consistent basis.

Or at how much they suck.  Here goes.

OBP: .329 (10th)
Slugging %: .365 (2nd to last)
Runs: 140 (2nd to last)
Home Runs: 28 (3rd to last)
K's: 264 (2nd least)

Analysis: It's pretty amazing that the Dodgers have very little strikeouts, get on base in the top third of the league, yet are only ahead of the Marlins in runs scored.  Why is that?  Take a look at the power numbers of homers and slugging %, which are abysmal.  They simply do not have the horses to drive them in, as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have done a big pile of nothing.

Runs scored vs. Left: 55 (11th)
Runs scored vs. Right: 85 (2nd to last)
Runs scored in 7th inning or later: 42 (4th to last)
Slugging % when behind: .346 (4th to last)
Home Runs in #3 spot: 3 (3rd to last)
RBIs w/ RISP: 99 (4th to last)
Average w/ bases loaded: 4-for-31, .129 (2nd to last)

Analysis: Obviously, when the pressure is on, the offense goes into hibernation.  Like I said before, it's not as if they aren't getting runners on base, it's actually the opposite.  But a stat like 4-for-31 with the bases loaded is absolutely embarrassing.  Those are golden opportunities to have a big inning, and they fail miserably.  Unless a stat like that changes, this team will continue to go further and further in the tank.

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