Already playing without injured MVP candidate Matt Kemp, the offensively challenged Los Angeles Dodgers could be in for an even rockier road ahead with Andre Ethier sidelined.
They may not need a whole lot of support with Chris Capuano on the hill against his former team.
Capuano looks to stay unbeaten at home and the Dodgers try to avoid being shut out for a fourth straight game Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set with the New York Mets.
Los Angeles (43-33) averaged 4.4 runs over its first 50 games but has plated just 3.2 per contest in going 11-15 since Kemp began his second DL stint May 31. The Dodgers, who were limited to 13 runs during their 1-8 road trip, didn't score once in San Francisco, and the Giants pulled even atop the division with Wednesday's 3-0 win.
Los Angeles has never been blanked in four straight.
Snapping a 30-inning scoreless drought could prove all the more difficult with Ethier out. The right fielder was removed from Wednesday's ...