Dodgers June In Review: The Worst Offensive Month

Juan Uribe, who has had nothing but bad months as a Dodger, had his worst month as a Dodger in June. But he was not alone in his offensive ineptitude.

The Dodgers ended their June on the lowest of notes, with seven straight losses and five shutouts in their last six games. The Dodgers in June had arguably the worst offensive month for the franchise since moving to Los Angeles.

The Dodgers won just 11 games in the month, which is hard to do with a 10-6 start to the month. They scored under three runs per game and hit .212/.286/.285 as a team for a whole month. In 27 games.

The Dodgers had an adjusted OPS+ (where 100 is average, and under 100 is below average) of just 59 in June, which is the lowest ever by an L.A. Dodger team:

Worst Adjusted OPS+ Months, L.A. Dodgers
Month Games Runs BA/OBP/SLG OPS OPS+
June 2012 28 83 .212/.286/.285 .571 59
June 2003 25 76 .227/.283/.334 .617 61
September 1988 29 82 .202/.256/.291 .547 62
July 2003 27 90 .227/.273/.353 .626 65

The Dodgers also hit all of six home runs in June, including just one in their final 16 games of the month. That is the fewest home runs ever hit by an L.A. Dodger team in one full month.

Fewest Home Runs In A Month, L.A. Dodgers
Month Games Home Runs Comment
June 1981 9 4 Shortened by strike
April 1995 5 4 Shortened by strike
April 1967 16 5 Season used to start later
June 2012 28 6 one HR in final 16 games of month
April 1967 16 5 Season used to start later
April 1970 20 7
July 1968 27 7 Year of the Pitcher
April 1968 18 7 Year of the Pitcher

In June, there were 32 individual players in MLB with at least six home runs. Come back soon, Matt Kemp.

Dodger Batter of June: Nobody.

Honorable mention goes to Juan Rivera led the team with a .672 OPS. A.J. Ellis had a .380 on-base percentage, but he also slugged .270.

Dodger Pitcher of June: He may have garnered only one win in June, but Clayton Kershaw had a fine month, with 39 strikeouts and eight walks to go with his 3.44 ERA in five starts.

June Record: 11-17
83 runs scored (2.96 per game)
110 runs allowed (3.93 per game)
.374 pythagorean winning percentage (10-18)

June National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Diamondbacks 16-10 .615 --- 135 104
Giants 17-11 .607 --- 109 96
Padres 12-15 .444 104 123
Dodgers 11-17 .393 6 83 110
Rockies 9-18 .333 131 169

Record Through June 30: 43-36
304 runs scored (3.85 per game)
291 runs allowed (3.68 per game)
.520 pythagorean winning percentage (41-38)

National League West Standings Through June 30
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Giants 44-35 .557 -- 313 298
Dodgers 43-36 .544 1 304 291
Diamondbacks 39-38 .506 4 343 329
Rockies 30-47 .390 13 394 448
Padres 29-50 .367 15 271 351

Game of the Month: On June 5 in Philadelphia, Cliff Lee entered the eighth inning with a 1-0 lead and had struck out 12 batters to that point. His personal scoreless streak against the Dodgers was up to 30 innings, but Elian Herrera ended that with a two-run double off Lee, driving in the winning run for the second straight night as the Dodgers won 2-1 on their way to sweeping the Phillies in a four-game series in Philadelphia for the first time since 1946.

Welcome Aboard: Relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson, a little more than a year removed from pitching for Class A Great Lakes, made his major league debut on June 7.

Pinch Hitting: For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had six singles in 29 at-bats, hitting a robust .207/.303/.207.

Runners in Scoring Position: In June, the Dodgers hit .225/.311/.326 with runners in scoring position in 258 plate appearances.

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 46 times in June (21 fewer opportunities than in May), and got the runner home 24 times, or 52.2% (the entire NL scored 402 of 862 times, 46.6%).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 33 times in June (23 fewer times than in May), and the runner advanced 18 times, or 54.5% (the entire NL advanced the runner 334 of 617 times, 54.1%).

June Weeks in Review: June 3 | June 11 | June 17 | June 24

Previous Months In Review: April | May

Month Ahead: The Dodgers might be looking forward to the All-Star break more than any other team given how badly they have played over the last two weeks. The Dodgers play 14 of their 26 games in July on the road, including a 10-game road trip that will take them to New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco. With Kemp likely playing more than zero games in July, it looks to be a better month than June.

June Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Rivera 80 72 5 20 2 0 1 11 6 0/0 .278/.325/.347 .672
Ellis 79 63 5 14 0 0 1 3 15 0/0 .222/.380/.270 .650
Abreu 75 65 7 13 2 0 2 7 10 1/1 .200/.307/.323 .630
Ethier 98 87 9 19 6 0 1 11 10 1/0 .218/.306/.322 .628
Herrera 108 97 11 21 7 1 0 11 11 3/2 .216/.296/.309 .606
Hairston 92 80 8 18 3 0 1 11 10 0/0 .225/.304/.300 .604
Gwynn 88 83 9 19 3 2 0 3 5 5/3 .229/.273/.313 .586
Gordon 122 112 14 25 2 2 0 6 7 11/3 .223/.287/.277 .564
Loney 69 64 5 13 2 0 0 5 4 0/1 .203/.250/.234 .484
Starters
811 723 73 162 27 5 6 68 78 21/10 .224/.302/.300 .603
Kennedy 38 32 4 7 1 0 0 3 5 0/0 .219/.316/.250 .566
Treanor 25 21 1 4 1 0 0 2 3 1/0 .190/.292/.238 .530
Van Slyke 14 14 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .214/.214/.286 .500
De Jesus 17 16 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1/1 .188/.235/.250 .485
Castellanos 22 21 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0/0 .143/.136/.238 .374
Uribe 43 42 1 5 3 0 0 2 0 0/0 .119/.140/.190 .330
Bench
159 146 9 25 7 1 0 10 9 2/1 .171/.222/.233 .454
Pitchers
38 30 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 .133/.188/.167 .354
Totals
1008 899 83 191 35 6 6 78 89 23/11 .212/.286/.285 .571

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 5 1-1 -- 34.0 31 14 13 8 39 3.44 1.147 3.45
Capuano 6 2-2 -- 37.1 37 18 15 10 31 3.62 1.259 4.44
Harang 6 2-2 -- 34.1 36 17 14 22 23 3.67 1.689 4.00
Billingsley 5 2-3 -- 31.0 35 16 15 9 27 4.35 1.419 3.19
Eovaldi 6 0-4 -- 34.0 41 20 19 13 17 5.03 1.588 3.87
Starters 28
7-12 -- 170.2 180 85 76 62 137 4.01 1.418 3.82
Coffey 10 0-0 -- 8.2 2 0 0 2 7 0.00 0.462 2.21
Belisario 12 3-0 -- 13.0 4 1 1 5 6 0.69 0.692 4.36
Elbert 12 0-1 -- 11.0 6 2 2 7 10 1.64 1.182 4.13
Jansen 10 0-2 6 9.2 4 3 3 2 16 2.79 0.621 2.10
Wright 9 1-0 -- 12.0 17 6 5 4 9 3.75 1.750 2.63
Lindblom 13 0-2 -- 12.0 11 7 7 5 8 5.25 1.333 6.80
Tolleson 6 0-0 -- 4.2 7 5 4 5 4 7.71 2.571 7.42
Guerra 1 0-0 -- 0.1 2 1 1 1 0 27.00 9.000 12.13
Relievers 28
4-5 6 71.1 53
25 23 31 60 2.90 1.178 4.11
Totals 28
11-17 6 242.0 233 110 99 93 197 3.68 1.347 3.90
*FIP is estimated
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