Dodgers June In Review: National League Games Are Fun

The Dodgers had a tough schedule in June, chock full of playoff contenders, and managed to finish over .500, at 14-13, a rare occurrence in what is normally a June swoon for the team.  The Dodgers didn't have a winning record in June from 2004-2008.

The Dodger offense was nearly nonexistent outside of Rafael Furcal and Manny RamirezJames Loney did have 22 RBI, and hit .301/.371/.408, but when that is your third best regular your offense is having problems. Media guide cover boys Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp disappeared, turning their Silver Slugger bats into wet noodles. Casey Blake hit like the projection systems suggested a 36-year old would, and Russell Martin managed the rare combo of a .370 on-base percentage and a .650 OPS.

The bullpen, despite the struggles of Ramon Troncoso and George Sherrill, was solid in June, with a 3.01 ERA. Jonathan Broxton had his worst month, ballooning all the way to a 3.48 ERA, while his FIP was 1.36, by far the best on the team.

The Dodgers played 12 interleague games in the month, and lost 10 of them.  Meanwhile, they were 12-3 against National League teams. The good news is that I checked the schedule for the remainder of the season, and the Dodgers play all NL teams.

Dodger Batter of JuneRafael Furcal and Manny Ramirez split this award, as they carried the offense, the only two regulars with an OPS over .800.  Both hit over .360 for the month. Honorable mention goes to Jamey Carroll, who hit .344/.437/.410 in 74 plate appearances.

Dodger Pitcher of June:   This one is split between Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw.  These two anchored the staff through a month when Vicente Padilla and Chad Billingsley weren't healthy at the same time, John Ely came back to Earth, and the fifth starters struggled mightily.  Both Kuroda and Kershaw made five starts.  Kershaw was 2-1 and averaged nearly seven innings a start, while Kuroda was 2-2 while averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.

June Record:  14-13
118 runs scored (4.37 per game)
108 runs allowed (4.00 per game)
.540 pythagorean winning percentage (15-12)

June NL West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Padres 15-12 .556 --- 107 93
Dodgers 14-13 .519 1 118 108
Rockies 14-13 .519 1 114 124
Giants  
13-14 .481 2 108 108
Diamondbacks 11-16 .407 4 105 125

Season Record:  43-35
367 runs scored (4.71 per game)
350 runs allowed (4.49 per game)
.522 pythagorean winning percentage (41-37)

Season NL West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Padres 46-32 .590 --- 329 261
Dodgers 43-35 .551 3 367 350
Rockies 41-37 .526 5 360 328
Giants  
40-37 .519 318 283
Diamondbacks 31-48 .392 11½ 362 446

Game of the Month:  The best game of the month was the first game of the month, a scoreless duel between John Ely and Dan Haren that ended with a Matt Kemp laser shot into the left field pavilion, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 win.

Pinch Hitting:  For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had seven hits in 34 at-bats, with one double and two walks, hitting .206/.250/.235.

Runners in Scoring Position:  In June, the Dodgers hit .250/.344/.362 with runners in scoring position in 330 plate appearances, which is 50 more PA than they have had in any other month.  They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 75 times, and got the runner home 45 times, or 60.0% (the entire NL scored 464 of 888, 52.3%).   They had a runner on second base with nobody out 84 times, and the runner advanced 35 times, or 41.7% (the entire NL advanced the runner 456 of 1,010 times, 45.1%).

Upcoming Month:  After hell month, the Dodgers play 14 of 26 games at home.  They only play six games within the division through July 25, but they end the month in the midst of a 10-game stretch against the NL West.

Previous Months in Review:  April | May

June Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS wOBA
Manny 93 82 16 30 7 0 4 14 11 1/0 .366/.441/.598 1.038 .448
Furcal 103 94 21 34 6 3 3 16 8 4/2 .362/.408/.585 .993 .424
Loney 116 103 11 31 8 0 1 22 10 3/0 .301/.371/.408 .778 .346
DeWitt 68 57 7 15 4 0 1 10 6 0/1 .263/.348/.386 .734 .311
Blake 84 73 3 19 3 0 1 6 10 0/2 .260/.349/.342 .692 .301
Kemp 112 100 11 23 2 2 3 13 9 3/2 .230/.286/.380 .666 .289
Martin 100 82 9 20 3 0 0 4 17 3/1 .244/.370/.280 .650 .305
Ethier 118 105 12 24 8 0 1 9 9 1/0 .229/.280/.333 .613 .274
Starters
794 696 90 196 41 5 14 94 80 15/8 .282/.354/.415 .769
Carroll 74 61 9 21 4 0 0 1 9 4/0 .344/.437/.410 .846 .400
Belliard 43 36 5 7 2 0 1 5 6 1/1 .194/.310/.333 .643 .290
Anderson 47 46 2 10 3 0 1 4 0 0/0 .217/.217/.348 .565 .245
Johnson 38 38 7 9 2 0 0 1 0 0/0 .237/.237/.289 .526 .232
Ellis 20 16 2 3 0 0 0 2 3 0/0 .188/.316/.188 .503 .253
Hu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 -----/-----/----- ---- -----
Bench
222 197 25 50 11 0 2 13 18 5/1 .254/.319/.340 .660
Pitchers
49 36 3 5 1 0 0 3 2 0/0 .139/.205/.167 .372 .180
Totals
1065 929 118 251 53 5 16 110 100 20/9 .270/.341/.390 .731 .323

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kuroda 5 2-2 -- 30.1 27 10 9 11 30 2.67 1.253 3.17
Padilla 3 1-1 -- 19.1 14 7 7 3 16 3.26 0.879 4.86
Kershaw 5 2-1 -- 34.2 26 15 14 11 36 3.63 1.067 3.29
Ely 6 1-3 -- 35.2 33 18 17 15 23 4.29 1.346 5.36
Billingsley 3 0-2 -- 17.2 21 12 12 7 11 6.11 1.585 3.31
Monasterios 4 1-2 -- 17.2 21 13 13 8 7 6.62 1.642 7.45
Haeger 1 0-0 -- 4.2 5 4 4 4 4 7.71 1.929 6.84
Starters 27
7-11 -- 160.0 147 79 76 59 127 4.28 1.288 4.48
Schlichting 3 1-0 0 7.2 4 0 0 3 5 0.00 0.913 2.68
Link 1 0-0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.500 2.20
Kuo 10 2-0 2 12.0 5 1 1 4 13 0.75 0.750 3.12
Weaver 8 3-0 0 8.0 10 1 1 2 5 1.13 1.500 2.70
Belisario 16 1-1 1 15.2 15 3 3 4 9 1.72 1.213 3.46
Broxton 11 0-0 3 10.1 12 4 4 4 14 3.48 1.548 1.36
Miller 12 0-0 0 14.1 17 7 7 3 19 4.40 1.395 4.32
Sherrill 10 0-0 0 4.2 8 3 3 1 1 5.79 1.929 6.20
Troncoso 11 0-1 0 10.0 14 8 8 2 7 7.20 1.600 4.00
Haeger 1 0-0 0 2.0 3 2 2 2 3 9.00 2.500 3.20
Relievers 27
7-2 6 86.2 89 29 29 25 77 3.01 1.315 3.34
Totals 27
14-13 6 246.2 236 108 105 84 204 3.83 1.297 4.08
*FIP is estimated
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