Dodgers June review: Viva Yasiel Puig

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Years from now, we'll all be able to remember the first month of the 22-year-old rookie sensation outfielder from Cuba.

No matter what happens the rest of 2013 season, or even the rest of his career, we will always have the month that Yasiel Puig burst onto the scene. June 2013 was the month of Puig, and we were all fortunate to witness it.

Puig obviously put up great stats, as he hit .436/.467/.713 with seven home runs. He had the highest batting average ever of any MLB player in their first month, per Elias, and Puig's 44 hits in his opening month are second only to Joe DiMaggio's 48 hits in May 1936 for most in an opening month.

But Puig was about more than stats. He was about excitement and energy, a player from whom nobody wants to avert their eyes. Whether it was the insane plate coverage, the wild and sometimes foolish baserunning, the reckless abandon in the outfield or the jaw-dropping throws, Puig made Dodgers baseball a must-watch event in June and for that the month was all his.

Dodger Batter of June: Hanley Ramirez made a valiant effort in the final two weeks, but June was all about Yasiel Puig. After just four weeks in the big leagues, Puig can go 0-for-45 and still would be hitting .301/.329/.493.

Dodger Pitcher of June: The starting staff as a whole was solid but this award goes to Stephen Fife, who was as reliable as anyone in the rotation. Fife put up a 2.21 ERA, struck out 30, walked 10, and won the first two games of his career.

Fife narrowly beat Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu, with Kenley Jansen and his 22/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio right behind.

June Record: 15-13
107 runs scored (3.82 per game)
118 runs allowed (4.21 per game)
.455 pythagorean winning percentage (13-15)

June National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers 15-13 .536 --- 107 118
San Diego 15-13 .536 --- 122 122
Colorado 13-15 .464 2 129 128
Arizona 12-15 .444 120 130
San Francisco 10-17 .370 90 109

Season to date Record: 38-43
294 runs scored (3.63 per game)
340 runs allowed (4.20 per game)
.434 pythagorean winning percentage (35-46)

National League West Standings, end of June
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Arizona 42-39 .519 --- 342 335
Colorado 41-42 .494 2 390 364
San Diego 40-42 .488 338 364
San Francisco 39-42 .481 3 333 354
Dodgers 38-43 .469 4 294 340

Game of the Month: Puig's second game came against the Padres, on June 4, and he hit his first two home runs. One to tie the game at 5-5 and other to stretch the Dodgers' lead to 9-6. The first home run was the longest:

Three baggers: The Dodgers hit only two triples in 28 games in June. One was hit by Puig; the other by pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu.

Welcome aboard: A trio of Dodgers made their major league debut in June: Puig was 2-for-4 in his first game, on June 3; Chris Withrow allowed a run and had a strikeout while recording two outs on June 12; Jose Dominguez struck out one and retired all three batters he faced, on June 30.

Pinch Hitting: For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had six hits in 33 at-bats with two doubles, hitting just .182/.270/.242.

Runners in Scoring Position: In June, the Dodgers hit .268/.323/.425 with runners in scoring position in 262 plate appearances, by far their best month of the season. This was helped greatly by Puig, who was 7-for-16 (.438) with three home runs, and a healthy Ramirez, who was 11-for-22 (.500) with three home runs with runners in scoring position during the month.

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 55 times, and got the runner home 28 times, or 50.9% (the entire NL scored 383 of 749 times, 51.1%).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 45 times in June, and the runner advanced 26 times, or 57.8% (the entire NL advanced the runner 305 of 561 times, 54.4%).

June weeks in review: June 2 | June 10 | June 16 | June 23 | June 30

Previous months in review: April | May

June Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Crawford 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 1.000/1.000/2.000 3.000
Puig 107 101 19 44 5 1 7 16 4 4/1 .436/.467/.713 1.180
Ramirez 70 64 13 24 4 0 5 17 5 3/0 .375/.414/.672 1.086
Gonzalez 115 105 11 26 7 0 3 8 9 0/0 .248/.304/.400 .704
Federowicz 53 50 4 11 4 0 2 10 3 0/0 .220/.264/.420 .684
Kemp 20 18 5 5 1 0 0 2 2 2/0 .278/.350/.333 .683
Ethier 99 92 8 24 6 0 1 9 7 1/0 .261/.313/.359 .672
Ellis, A 44 38 6 9 2 0 1 6 4 0/0 .237/.295/.368 .664
Uribe 70 64 7 15 4 0 1 6 4 0/0 .234/.275/.344 .619
Schumaker 86 78 6 19 2 0 0 8 7 1/1 .244/.306/.269 .575
Ellis, M 81 72 8 15 0 0 2 5 4 1/0 .208/.266/.292 .557
Punto 73 70 6 13 3 0 0 2 2 1/1 .186/.208/.229 .437
Starters
820 754 93 207 40 1 22 89 51 13/3 .275/.321/.418 .739
Hernandez 14 13 1 3 0 0 1 2 1 1/0 .231/.286/.462 .747
Van Slyke 37 32 4 6 1 0 2 4 5 0/0 .188/.297/.406 .704
Hairston 48 43 2 12 2 0 0 5 4 0/0 .279/.333/.326 .659
Castellanos 9 9 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .222/.222/.333 .556
Herrera 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .250/.250/.250 .500
Cruz 36 32 4 5 2 0 0 1 3 0/0 .156/.229/.219 .447
Sellers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 ,000
Bench
149 134 12 29 6 0 3 12 13 1/0 .216/.284/.328 .612
Pitchers
55 45 2 3 0 1 0 1 5 0/0 .067/.176/.111 .288
Totals
1024 933 107 239 46 2 25 102 69 14/3 .256/.309/.390 .699
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Fife 6 3-2 -- 36⅔ 32 10 9 10 30 2.21 1.145 3.74
Kershaw 5 1-2 -- 34 27 11 10 10 36 2.65 1.088 3.05
Ryu 5 0-1 -- 33⅓ 37 10 10 12 20 2.70 1.470 3.92
Capuano 3 1-1 -- 14⅔ 17 7 5 1 13 3.07 1.227 2.46
Greinke 6 3-1 -- 39⅓ 39 16 16 12 31 3.66 1.297 4.36
Magill 2 0-2 -- 9⅔ 9 14 9 15 7 8.38 2.483 12.76
Lilly 1 0-0 -- 4 6 5 4 2 3 9.00 2.000 9.64
Starters 28
8-9 -- 171 167 73 63 62 140 3.30 1.334 4.32
Dominguez 1 0-0 -- 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0000 1.14
Schumaker 1 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 2 1 0.00 3.000 7.14
Jansen 14 1-0 5 14⅓ 11 2 2 0 22 1.26 0.767 0.98
Rodriguez 15 1-0 1 10⅔ 6 3 3 5 11 2.53 1.031 2.20
Howell 11 1-0 -- 11⅓ 10 4 4 2 9 3.18 1.059 3.23
Moylan 10 1-0 -- 11⅓ 16 8 8 6 5 6.35 1.941 7.02
Withrow 4 0-0 -- 4 6 3 3 2 4 6.75 2.000 2.64
League 11 2-1 3 9 14 8 7 3 3 7.00 1.889 4.14
Guerrier 12 1-2 -- 9⅔ 16 8 8 3 11 7.45 1.966 3.14
Belisario 12 0-1 -- 8⅔ 14 9 8 3 11 8.31 1.962 4.29
Relievers 28
7-4 9 81 94
45 43 26 78 4.78 1.481 3.42
Totals 28
15-13 9 252 261 118 106 88 218 3.78 1.381 4.03
*FIP is estimated
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