Are the Dodgers becoming a feast or famine team? It certainly looks like it. A feast or famine team, is a club that strikes out a lot. These are clubs that either hit a ton of home runs, or strike out. There is no in between.
So far in 2014, the Dodgers haven’t done much on offense, other than hit home runs and strike out. The Dodgers don’t get on base much, (.303 OBP 24th ranked), and they haven’t been a good hitting team, (.240 BA, 23rd ranked).
They’re scoring most of their runs on home runs, and or extra-base hits. The Dodgers have 73 extra-base hits this season, which ranks them fourth in all of Baseball. The club has hit 21 home runs, and driven in 84 runs. The club ranks 12th in the majors in home runs. Right now, Adrian Gonzalez leads the club with five home runs.
Now on the flip side of this, the club ranks tied for fourth with 201 whiffs. As of right now, the club is on pace to strike out over 1,300 times. The Dodger team record for most whiffs in a season is 1,190 set by the 1996 club.
The record for the most extra-base hits is 540, which was set by the 1953 Brooklyn club. That club holds the records for extra-base hits, total bases, runs batted in, and slugging percentage.
There are some goods to becoming a feast or famine hitting team. The good things about that, are the added power. Feast or famine clubs normally hit a lot of home runs, and get a lot of extra-base hits. The down side is they strike out a lot, and they have no situational hitting. Are the Dodgers becoming like the Atlanta Braves?
The Dodgers are hitting just .238 with runners in scoring position in 2014.