The roommate trio of Trayce Thompson, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson has been carrying the Dodgers' offense in May, but the rest of the team has struggled mightily this month. The club will try to turn it around in the Freeway Series finale on Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim.
Each of those three has five home runs this month, and each sports a May OPS above 1.000. The rest of the team has seven home runs combined.
Outside of Chase Utley (.286/.388/.405) and Adrian Gonzalez (.275/.345/.373), it has been an offensive wasteland for the Dodgers, with no other position players even cracking a .620 OPS. The result is a rather ordinary 4.25 runs per game during the month, after a pedestrian 4.20 runs per game in April.
The struggling May crew, listed in order of most plate appearances this month:
- Justin Turner: .212/.311/.308 in 61 PA
- Yasiel Puig: .211/.224/.333 in 58 PA
- Howie Kendrick: .283/.304/.302 in 56 PA
- Yasmani Grandal: .122/.140/.293 in 43 PA
- Carl Crawford: .241/.258/.276 in 31 PA
- Kiké Hernandez: .042/.080/.042 in 25 PA
- A.J. Ellis: .200/.304/.300 in 23 PA
Between four and six of these players will start the series finale against the Angels.
Time: 7:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network