The Dodgers finally snapped their six game losing streak on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over the Padres. It was nothing to feel good about, even though the team celebrated in the clubhouse like they had just won the seventh game of the World Series. After all the Dodgers scored just one measly run on three hits and it was driven in by Clayton Kershaw himself. The Dodgers have been in one of the worst offensive funks we’ve seen in some time. Or well since last season. Adrian Gonzalez is 0 for his last 20, Yasiel Puig hasn’t gotten a hit since spring training, (or it seems) and Howie Kendrick is batting .143. The Dodger offense has totally disappeared, and it’s anyone’s guess when it will return.
Here’s the interesting part. I am not sure if anyone has noticed this, but the offense has only gone Harry Cary at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are just not hitting at home for whatever reason. They’ve hit and scored runs just fine away from Dodger Stadium.
As a matter of fact, let’s double check this. The Dodgers rank ninth out of the 30 MLB clubs in road batting. As you can see below the Dodgers have a pretty decent offense on the road. It’s not great but it is good enough to keep them in games. They’re not hitting a lot of home runs, but they are drawing walks, getting on base and scoring runs via hits. They have a league average WRC+ and OPS as well.
Dodgers on the road
Batting .269 8th
Hits 129 5th
OBP .340 7th
OPS .745 12th
Home runs 8 25th
RBI 68 4th
Runs scored 71 5th
Slugging .405 16th
WRC+ 98 15th
Now at Dodger Stadium is another story entirely. The Dodgers are one of the worst home hitting clubs in all of baseball. Actually they could be the worst. Let’s check out the numbers first. Here is a list of all 13 home game so far this season and how many runs the Dodgers scored.
April 12 vs. Dbacks 2 runs –Loss
April 13 vs. Dbacks 3 runs – Win
April 14 vs. Dbacks 5 runs – Win
April 15 vs. Giants 7 runs –Win
April 16 vs. Giants 3 runs –Loss
April 17 vs. Giants 3 runs –Win
April 25 vs. Marlins 2 runs –Loss
April 26 vs. Marlins 3 runs –Loss
April 27 vs. Marlins 0 runs –Loss
April 28 vs. Marlins 3 runs –Loss
April 29 vs. Padres 1 run –Loss
April 30 vs. Padres 2 runs –Loss
May 1 vs. Padres 1 run –Win
As you can see the Dodgers are not scoring very many runs at home this year. It’s becoming a disturbing trend. The Dodgers have scored just 35 runs at Dodger Stadium in those 13 games. That means the Dodgers are averaging just over 2.5 (2.69) runs per game at Dodger Stadium. That’s just not going to cut it. Take a look at the Dodger’s offensive numbers at home. Make sure you haven’t eaten anything because you might puke.
Dodgers at home
Batting .199 30th
Hits 80 25th
OBP .284 27th
OPS .596 29th
Home runs 9 23th
RBI 31 28th
Runs scored 35 25th
Slugging .313 29th
WRC+ 73 -27th
The Dodgers rank as the worst hitting home club in baseball. They have a .199 average and just 35 runs scored at Dodger Stadium. They’re not making consistent contact. They rank 15th in swinging strike percentage and strikeouts. They rank middle of the pack in walks and at the bottom of the league in OBP. They’re not getting on base, and they are not making much contact. Just a lot of weak contact and routine outs and horrible plate approaches. They’re not even hitting home runs like they did last season. The Dodgers have hit just nine home runs at Dodger Stadium this season.
We thought that the main problem was the pitching staff, specifically the bullpen. However the real problem is the offense. This may be one of the worst offensive units we’ve seen in some time. Check out how some of the Dodgers are hitting at home.
Yasiel Puig .205/.225/.308
Corey Seager .195/.250/.317
Adrian Gonzalez .100/.182/.175 (4 for 40)
Howie Kendrick .156/.206/.156
Justin Turner .216/.326/.297
Joc Pederson .190/.346/.381
Chase Utley .192/.364/.346
Yasmani Grandal .321/.424/.536 (9 for 28)
Kike Hernandez .300/.364/.567 (9 for 30)
A.J. Ellis .214/.353/.286
Carl Crawford .143/.250/.286
Here we are thinking the bullpen is the biggest problem with this club and it is not by a mile. Actually the pitching hasn’t been terrible. The offense has been. Only two hitters can hit at Dodger Stadium. Gonzo has just 4 hits at home, but is batting over .400 on the road. Utley and Joc are both hitting over .300 on the road but can’t buy a hit at Chavez Ravine. This is the entire club. It’s almost shocking how severe the home and road splits are.
So why can’t the Dodgers hit at home? I have no idea. The Dodgers have been trying to shuffle the lineup and move Puig back into the leadoff spot. Not sure how much of an impact that would have. However the two guys that hit at home (Kike and Grandal) really should be in the lineup for every home game until the rest of the guys start to do something, nay anything at Dodger Stadium.
Maybe the Dodgers just don’t see the ball well at Chavez Ravine? I don’t know. This is the club’s main problem and they have to figure out a way to fix it. If these guys don’t start hitting at home soon, then nothing will matter anymore because they’ll be working on their golf swings in October. Why do you guys think the Dodgers can’t hit at home? Sound off and tell me your working theories.