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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Hopes Day Off Resets Slumping JD Martinez

After going 0 for 12 with eight strikeouts in his last 12 at bats, JD Martinez needed a day off. So Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts gave him one.

“The last few games clearly have been a grind,” Roberts said. “I think it’s OK to give (Martinez) a respite and get someone else in there.”

Before his recent bout with June gloom, Martinez was having a solid month. In 8 games, the first-year Dodger had a .258 batting average and hit 4 home runs and 8 RBI.

Martinez’s absence from Thursday’s game was his first time being left off of the starting lineup since May 17. The 35-year-old’s time in Los Angeles has to be considered a success so far. The designated hitter has hit 16 homers and has an OPS of .897 — not MVP-caliber numbers by any means, but a solid contribution from the former free agent.

Martinez’s struggles might be correlated with the team’s struggles as a whole. The Dodgers have lost 6 of their last 10 games, including series losses to the Yankees, Reds and Phillies.

Offensive production hasn’t been a huge issue, as LA is scoring 5.52 runs per game, good for third in baseball. However, the Dodger bullpen has been notably bad, ranking in the bottom, with the fourth-worst ERA in the big leagues.

With upcoming series against the Giants, Angels and Astros, the Dodgers don’t have time to take a day off — at least not all at once. For Martinez, hopefully a day off will bring him out of his slump as the Dodgers look to right the ship.

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