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Despite June swoon, Dave Roberts isn’t mixing up lineup … yet

Dodgers' Max Muncy (13) watches the flight of a solo home run ball hit off Colorado pitcher Kyle Freehand on June 28.

Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches the flight of his solo home Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Muncy’s numbers have slightly improved since his return from the injured list earlier this month, but they still remain well off his career norms. (Jack Dempsey / Associated Press)

For the first two months of the season, the Dodgers had one of baseball’s best offenses, ranking in the top six in scoring, batting average, on-base-plus-slugging percentage, home runs and walk-to-strikeout ratio.

In June, their lineup regressed into becoming one of the league’s most average, failing to crack the top 10 in any of those categories in what could best be described as an underwhelming month.

The dropoff can be blamed on many factors. Untimely injuries (Mookie Betts’ cracked rib) and a lack of clutch hitting (.192 team batting average with runners in scoring position). There was also no productive depth or, occasionally, a consistent team-wide approach at the plate.

But after their dominant start to the season, the last four weeks brought new issues to light as they near the halfway point.

“I think at times we’re putting together good at-bats, running counts, just not getting a hit here or there,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Other times I think the at-bats are a little more flippant. There are ebbs and flows of guys that are swinging the bat well or struggling. But I just don’t think that for the month of June we’ve been in lockstep.”

The Dodgers’ won’t have a losing record in June, not after avoiding a sweep on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies making them 13-12 on the month’s penultimate day.

They left Colorado still leading their division with the National League’s best winning percentage, too, at .622 (46-28).

Still, the Dodgers looked far from dominant all month as injuries continued to stack up on the mound and new questions arose about their performance at the plate.

Ahead of their four-game series this weekend against the San Diego Padres,…

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