Clayton Kershaw had his second straight sub-2.00 ERA month, and Hyun-jin Ryu was similarly productive atop the starting rotation, but that couldn't make up for a garbage offense. The Dodgers put up the worst May in their franchise history at 10-17. The previous low mark for May was 11-17, set in 1958, 1995, and 2005.
The offense was essentially Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke, with a dash of Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis getting on base. Gonzalez was the only Dodger to drive in at least 10 runs during the month, and one of just three players with more than one home run in May.
Dodger Batter of May: This was a no-brainer, as Adrian Gonzalez hit .314/.351/.535 with five home runs and 22 RBI, numbers nobody came close to matching. Well, except maybe Van Slyke, who slugged .700 in his 14 games.
Honorable mention goes to Juan Uribe, who hit .327/.377/.418 with five doubles.
Dodger Pitcher of May: Despite a 1.97 ERA during May, Clayton Kershaw only won two games, thanks in part to 2.2 runs of support per game for his first five starts and a blown save in his final start. But with 35 strikeouts, at least seven innings in every start and less than a baserunner per inning Kershaw was still at the head of the class.
He just beat out Ryu, who had a stellar month, including a two-hit shutout on Tuesday.
May Record: 10-17
99 runs scored (3.67 per game)
114 runs allowed (4.22 per game)
.436 pythagorean winning percentage (12-15)
|May National League West Standings|
Season to date Record: 23-30
187 runs scored (3.53 per game)
222 runs allowed (4.19 per game)
.422 pythagorean winning percentage (22-31)
|National League West Standings, end of May|
Game of the Month: I'm tempted to pick the crazy comeback win over the Angels on May 27, as the Dodgers came back from five runs down to win, but on second thought the game the next night was the best. On May 28, also against the Angels, Ryu was masterful on the mound as he allowed just two baserunners in his 3-0 shutout win. He was backed on offense by an unlikely source, as Luis Cruz hit his only extra-base hit of the season to date, a two-run home run to give the Dodgers the lead.
Pinch Hitting: For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had eight hits in 28 at-bats with two doubles, hitting .286/.323/.357.
Runners in Scoring Position: In May, the Dodgers hit .243/.317/.309 with runners in scoring position in 277 plate appearances.
They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 56 times, and got the runner home 25 times, or 44.6% (the entire NL scored 370 of 781 times, 47.4%).
They had a runner on second base with nobody out 42 times in May, and the runner advanced 23 times, or 54.8% (the entire NL advanced the runner 309 of 531 times, 58.2%).
Previous months in review: April