The Padres have not scored in 14 innings. The Dodgers have not scored in 31 innings.
The Dodgers, at least, are in first place in the
The Padres are 20-22. What's up?
-- San Diego has had a relatively rough schedule so far. The Dodgers and Padres have almost identical records within the NL West -- 17-13 for the Dodgers, 15-12 for the Padres -- but San Diego has played 13 games outside the division against teams with winning records. The Dodgers have played none.
-- The Padres' new and improved outfield has delivered mixed results.
Matt Kemp, who once played in 399 consecutive games for the Dodgers, has played in all 42 of the Padres' games. But his hot April (.326 with a .835 OPS) has dissolved into a bitterly cold May (.176 with a .408 OPS). He has one home run in 166 at-bats this season, and his overall .645 OPS ranks 10th among NL right fielders.
-- Defensively, the Padres' outfield has been the worst in the majors. The defense cannot help but compound the issues of the Padres' pitching staff. The Padres have given up the most unearned runs of any team in the NL West.
The bullpen, for so long a San Diego staple, has the next-to-worst ERA in the NL.