LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, both to the naked eye and when you examine the metrics. It’s not a secret, no matter if you’re a traditionalist bucking new-age measurements or all about the numbers.
This probably wouldn’t be a major problem if the offense was clicking, but the ugly truth is it has been inconsistent at best and downright nonexistent at worst. Until the lineup gets hot, the defensive lapses will continue to spotlight losses like Sunday’s 6-3 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
How it happened: Bad defense cost the Dodgers on Sunday in the seventh inning, when the right side of the infield had a mini-meltdown. First, Adrian Gonzalez, who broke toward the ball initially, forgot to regroup and cover first base on the routine ground ball to second baseman Dee Gordon, allowing a hit to Miguel Montero. After another single and the subsequent throw put runners on second and third, Gordon misplayed a tricky hop and allowed Martin Prado to reach on an error and both runners to score, breaking the game open 4-1.
Hits: Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429 (12-for-28) with two triples, a home run, six RBIs, six walks and five strikeouts in his past nine games.
Misses: Gordon and Hanley Ramirez, the top two hitters in the Dodgers order, combined to go 1-for-9.
Stat of the game: In his past 100 plate appearances, utility infielder Justin Turner is hitting .363 with a .410 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage. He doubled home a run as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.