Another loss just ended – that’s 6 in a row, and 9 out of 10. And after Colorado’s 19-4 face-raping of Milwaukee earlier today, that puts the Blue squarely in 4th place, 4.5 out and a game behind the Rockies.
More worrisome, however, is the fact that this is the FORTH TIME IN FIVE GAMES the Dodgers have been shut out. According to Rick Monday on the post-game show (thanks SamAdams for the tip), this is the first time they’ve been shut out in 3 games in a row since 1966.
How bad is this? Let’s just focus on the last 7 days, during which the Dodgers have gone 1-6. The Blue have:
- Scored just 15 runs – 7 of which came in a loss to Arizona on Saturday.
- Had 8 extra base hits. In a week. By comparison, the Cubs have had 23 doubles alone in that period. Hell, 16 (more than half!!) of the rest of MLB has more home runs in the last week than the Dodgers have extra base hits.
- Put up an almost impossible team line of .227/.282/.303, for an OPS of .585. By comparison, I looked up Neifi Perez’ career stats, who is almost universally recognized as the worst semi-regular offensive player of the last decade. His career OPS? .672. This team is hitting so bad, 1-9, that it’s making Neifi F’ing Perez look like a favorable alternative.
So who’s to blame for this? Well.. perhaps it’s easier to point out who’s not to blame, and that’s a pretty short list – Andre Ethier and (gasp) Juan Pierre. Ethier’s been red-hot over the week, with a .939 OPS. Pierre’s actually been good too, batting .348 with a .423 OBP.
Everyone else? Yiiiiiikes. Luis Gonzalez and MSTI favorite James Loney are each batting under .200. Nobody has an OPS near .800. And can we stop pretending that those two homers Nomar hit are the start of some great rebirth and just get Andy LaRoche up here already?
Oh, and Mike Lieberthal’s done the worst of all – he hasn’t even gotten on base once. Wait, what’s that? Because hasn’t even had ONE plate appearance while Grady runs Russell Martin into the ground in the humid, sweltering Midwest inferno? That’s no excuse, Mike. None at all.