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Los Angeles Dodger Bats Can’t Keep Up With Pitching

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Matt Kemp flips his bat in frustration

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t in bad shape … yet. As expected, the blue crew pitching staff has been dominant. But their bats have yet to wake up and give the Dodger arms any chance to pitch with a cushion. Ace lefty Clayton Kershaw and newly acquired Zack Greinke have shown why they have a couple of Cy Young trophies. Even rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu had a decent first outing and Josh Beckett pitched well enough to win in his first start. Problem is, none of them have had the chance to pitch with any real run support. Slugger Matt Kemp has been less than his usual hot starting self, managing only an RBI double as his big hit so far this season. In five games, the blue crew has managed only two home runs, the first being hit by Kershaw. The other a solo shot by outfielder Andre Ethier. The Dodgers are managing to get men on base, but they are failing to produce the big hit with runners in scoring position. The sight of inning ending double plays has been a let down for not only the fans, but for the pitchers who sit in the dugout hoping to return to the mound with a few runs in his favor. Adrian Gonzalez or Luis Cruz, the corners of the infield where the positions calls for power at the plate have produced very little as has outfielder Carl Crawford. Los Angeles is in a stretch of games against teams they should certainly be scoring off of, yet are not doing so. Opening with the world champ San Francisco Giants was a tall order, but teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres, who the Dodgers play next week, should be games the blue crew can score against. Big hitters Kemp, Gonzalez, Ethier and Crawford must heat up soon while they wait for Hanley Ramirez, who is out until June, to return from the DL. The Dodgers can ill afford to wait two months for his return, and that’s assuming he comes back already red hot.

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Adrian Gonzalez removes his gloves after a strike out

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Kevin Kuo-USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez pulls off his batting gloves after a strike out.

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Mark Ellis gets thrown out at second as the first runner in a double play

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Kevin Kuo-USA Today Sports

Second baseman Mark Ellis has been hung out to dry a couple of times this year being the first out in double plays against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Pitcher Clayton Kershaw hopes for run support

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Kevin Kuo-USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw has been stellar on the hill, but will need more run support to keep up the pace he is on after his first two starts.

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Luis Cruz reacts to a strike out

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Kevin Kuo-USA Today Sports

Third baseman Luis Cruz of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to striking out as he has done little with the bat so far this season.

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Hanley Ramirez out until June is missed in the line up

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Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez, last seen in Dodger blue before the World Baseball Classic where he suffered a torn thumb ligament, has been missed in the Dodger offensive attack.