The Dodgers entered the season counting on a bounce-back year from catcher Austin Barnes after losing Yasmani Grandal, missing out on J.T. Realmuto on the trade block, and adding 36-year-old veteran Russell Martin as his partner. They hoped Barnes could rediscover his form from 2017 when he batted .289 with an .895 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
Instead, they have gotten the Barnes from last season. Barnes entered Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox three for his last 33. Since coming off the injured list June 7, he is nine for 60 (.150) with 16 strikeouts and a .424 OPS.
“I think we just keep trying to focus on the everyday thing,” Barnes said. “Try to get better.”
Barnes went 0 for 3 on Friday. He struck out in the seventh inning with runners on first and second. It was the second and final time the Dodgers put multiple runners on base in their 8-1 loss. He is batting .203 with a .636 OPS in 202 plate appearances. The batting average and OPS both rank 20th among 21 catchers across the majors with at least 200 plate appearances.