The Dodgers are currently suffering from a 23-game scoreless inning streak.
The Tigers are going on their fifth win Saturday to try and best their longest winning streak of the season.
Detroit is coming off strong from a sweep of the Chicago White Sox, who currently lead the AL Central, and a 5-0 defeat of Los Angeles in Friday night’s game.
Los Angeles is 3-7 in their last 10 games and is falling farther behind Arizona by the inning. As of Friday night’s games, the Dodgers are 5.5 games behind the Diamond Backs in the NL West.
There are several places of blame for the Dodgers recent un-success.
The Dodgers bats are just not swinging. In their first match-up to the Tigers, the Los Angeles lineup was limited to three hits. Even with the addition of a designated hitter, Mark Sweeney—brought to LA from San Francisco for his bat last season—the boys in blue were not able to do much at the plate, as Sweeney struck out twice.
Usually two staple hitters, Andre Ethier and veteran Jeff Kent are both trying to pull out of uncharacteristic slumps. Ethier went 0-for-4 Friday and is in a 1-for-15 slump. Kent went 0-for-4 and is in a 1-for-13 slump.
James Loney, despite his costly fielding error on Friday night, has hit successfully in his last 11 starts and gave the Dodgers a triple against the Tigers.
The Dodgers are batting .138 and have scored only one run during their last three games—all three losses. And currently sit on a 12-22 record of their last 34 games.
Los Angeles will try and boost their batting average against minor-league call-up Eddie Bonine this afternoon.
Bonine will be making his major-league debut after going 9-2 with a 4.48 ERA at Triple-A Toledo this season.
Even debuting, Bonine probably has a better chance of coming out with a win than does Dodgers starting pitcher Brad Penny. He is 0-6 with a 7.71 ERA and a .329 opponent batting average in his last seven outings.