Is a little sneak preview too much to ask? Because, honestly, this can’t be it.
The Dodgers offense has been struggling to produce all season, yet now with that new super middle of the order, it’s actually gotten worse (3.3 runs per game with Adrian Gonzalez vs. 4.0 before).
The Dodgers can’t manufacture runs, and at the moment, can’t play long ball, either. They are at the bottom of most every offensive statistic, unless you get excited about sacrifice hits. Yet despite being second in that category — just one back of Milwaukee! – they are 26th in runs.
All the offensive numbers look bad: 29th in home runs, extra-base hits and slugging percentage, 20th in on-base percentage (even with A.J. Ellis), 19th in hits, 18th in average, 17th in stolen bases and fifth in grounding into double plays.