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The Dodgers will score another run this year. Probably.

Jun 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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The Dodgers were shut out by the Giants in an entire series this week, becoming the first team since 2010 to go scoreless in three straight games. Worse, in the finale against San Francisco, they lost Andre Ethier to a strained oblique that will probably put him on the DL. It’s going to lead to some lineups that look like this for the next couple of weeks:

SS Dee Gordon
2B Jerry Hairston Jr.
RF Bobby Abreu
LF Juan Rivera
1B James Loney
C A.J. Ellis
3B Juan Uribe
CF Tony Gwynn Jr.

With Elian Herrera, Adam Kennedy and maybe Josh Fields or Scott Van Slyke also in the mix.

Even with Ethier playing regularly, the Dodgers have the worst OPS in the majors this month. They’re hitting .219/.295/.295 in 25 games during June. They have just six homers, half as many as the team in 29th place in that category (the Padres).

Assuming that Ethier lands on the DL, here will be their leading home run hitters on the active roster:

Ellis – 6
Rivera – 3
Loney – 2
Abreu – 2
Hairston – 2
Matt Treanor – 2

So, yeah, things look bleak. But I’ll buck the odds anyway; it may not happen tonight or even this weekend, but the Dodgers will score again. Call it a gut feeling.

  1. Rick Chandler - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Ha … not as easy as you thought it would be, is it, Magic?

  2. mattyflex - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Who was the team with three consecutive scoreless games in 2010?

    • mrjavascript - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      my money’s on the Seattle Mariners

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      The Phillies, oddly enough. Mets shut them out three straight, May 25-27.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      In all, it’s happened six times since 2000. Besides the 2012 Dodgers and 2010 Phillies, the teams were:

      2004 Expos (by the Marlins)
      2004 Royals (by the Twins)
      2007 Braves (by the Red Sox and Tigers)
      2007 Dodgers (by the Diamondbacks and Reds)

      • mattyflex - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Thanks for looking into that, I really appreciate it. I’m going to throw some more stats out there. It’s just for fun.

        That 2004 Royals team consisted of:
        Jose Bautista, who was paid $300,000 that season for 25 at-bats
        Carlos Beltran, who hit .278 for $9,000,000
        Matt Stairs, who struck out 92 times ($1,000,000 salary)
        Mike Sweeney was paid $11,000,000 to hit .287 and 22 HR
        John Buck made $300,000 in his rookie season hitting .235 and 12 HR
        Zack Greinke, who was paid $300,000 to go 8-11 with a 3.97 ERA
        Jeremy Affeldt who was paid $350,000 to go 3-4 as a starter, and end up with 13 saves.
        DJ Carrasco, currently making $1,200,000 with the mets was paid $320,000

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      I was going to say the Phillies but I was beaten to the punch. It was an odd series to say the least. The Phillies were on their hot-cold offensive mood swings at the time.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I would say the Mets couldn’t pick a better time to play LA. But I thought that about the Cubs, too.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    The dodgers were playing over their heads and pitching out of their minds. They’re coming back down to earth. Their decent was only fast tracked with the loss of kemp and ethier. It was inevitable.

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    The Dodgers are a little league team right?

  6. SmackSaw - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Misfits and has beens. The Dodgers are a collection of utility players. Kemp, Eithier and Kershaw are the only certifiable major leaguers. Bellisario and Jansen are coming along. McCourt really did a lot of damage. Kasten has his work cut out of him.

  7. mrfloydpink - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Wow, these guys make the 1988 Dodgers look like a team full of Barry Bondses.

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