I was perusing through some Dodgers splits, just passing the time, and something stood out that surprised me a little bit. Second base has been a very productive position offensively for the team this season.
I didn’t expect the numbers to be bad or anything like that, but a quick perusal of the Dodgers’ team page on Baseball-Reference shows that nine of the top 12 contributors on offense -- by plate appearances -- have an OPS+ of at least 102.
Two of the three with below average OPS+ are Chase Utley (94) and Logan Forsythe (84), who have accounted for 90 of the 113 starts at the position. Both have rebounded nicely after early slumps. Utley started the season 5-for-51, and Forsythe has three home runs after hitting 37 in 2015-16 combined though he has been an on-base machine.
Yet despite the relative struggles, Dodgers second basemen are hitting .281/.377/.448 as a whole, second in the National League in OPS, on-base percentage and wRC+ (123).
This counts only the plate appearances as a second baseman, which has been split across five players:
Dodgers second basemen
Naturally, Chris Taylor has provided a boost at the position, though he has only started 19 games there, and none since June 5. Forsythe’s numbers as a second baseman have been very good as well, and coincidentally has reached base 12 times in 25 plate appearances on the current road trip, which ends Thursday night in Phoenix.
Here is the production at the position by month:
Second basemen by month