As of Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are tied for first place in the National League West. The San Francisco Giants are not behind, only three games out.
While it is still only June, Dodger fans are still concerned. The team just got swept in San Francisco in a series where Los Angles left an average of 10 runners on base per game. The Dodgers went 2-4 on a six-game road trip and are now 4-9 in their last 13 games.
Walker Buehler, who had struggled all year, has now been placed on the injured list with a right forearm strain and is expected to miss significant time. He will not need surgery but is expected to be out until late August or early September.
In the three-game against the Giants, the Dodgers scored only four runs and were shut out in the last game. They left 29 runners on base and went 2-for-24 with runners in scoring position.
Outside of the top three in the lineup, Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Trea Turner, the Dodgers haven’t got production elsewhere. Relying on those three will not always turn into success. Betts, after a great month of May, has come back to earth. He has one hit in his last 26 at-bats.
Freeman, Betts, and Turner are the top four in leading the team in batting average, and the only other player close is Gavin Lux, who currently has a .296 batting average.
It is a long season, and we’re still only in June, so that things can look up from here. However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shared his thoughts after the latest series: “It’s getting clear that we’re not doing enough to win baseball games; we’re too talented.”
All Dodger fans can share that sentiment, as every season it seems the Dodgers are bit by the injury bug. While every team has injuries, the Dodgers depth is always questioned, and it seems they may have to pull off another deal at this year’s trade deadline.
The Dodgers will hope that a five-game homestand will turn around their luck. They will face their crosstown rival, Angels, then host the Cleveland Guardians for a three-game series.
The Angels broke a 14-game losing streak last week and continue to have problems. The Dodgers will start with Tony Gonsolin in the opener, who has been the best Dodgers pitcher this year. He is 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA. In the second game, they will start left-hander Tyler Anderson who is also 7-0 and has posted a 3.07 ERA.
Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.