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Dodgers June Review: Power Display

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The Dodgers had their best month of the season to date, turning their season around after a sluggish start. They carried the momentum they built at the end of May, winning 17 of 26 games in June.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers broke their franchise record for homers in a month, hitting a total of 55. The team was 17-5 when they hit a homer in June and 0-4 when they hit none.

The offense scored 5.38 runs per game while the pitching staff allowed a mediocre 4.38 per game.

Relievers made 103 combined appearances to lead all of baseball. Los Angeles was one of only four teams with over 100 innings of relief work in June. Early on in the month, the team won five of their first six games on the road after essentially having three bullpen games.

The Dodgers began the month trailing the Rockies by four games in the NL West and only gained a half game in the standings thanks to a big month by the Diamondbacks.

Batter of June

There were several hitters that performed well, but Max Muncy is the one that stands above the others. Muncy hit .289/.465/.711 with 10 homers and 16 runs driven in while walking an incredible 25 times. The only other Dodger ever to hit at least 10 home runs with 25 or more walks in a month was Gary Sheffield in 1999 with 12 and 26.

Joc Pederson gets an honorable mention at .283/.358/.867 with 10 long balls himself.

Pitcher of June

Ross Stripling came just short of going the entire month without issuing a walk, finishing with 30 strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA, allowing just eight runs over his five starts.

Also noteworthy was Daniel Hudson out of the bullpen. The 31-year-old allowed just one earned run in 11 appearances, giving him a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings of work. Kenley Jansen locked down nine saves in nine opportunities with a 2.02 ERA over 12 appearances.

June Performance

NL West June standings

Team W L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Team W L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Diamondbacks 19 9 .679 ---- 152 106
Dodgers 17 9 .654 1 140 114
Giants 18 10 .643 1 118 84
Padres 12 15 .444 6.5 94 113
Rockies 11 16 .407 7.5 153 180

Season to date

NL West standings through June

Team W L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Team W L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Diamondbacks 47 36 .566 ---- 361 304
Dodgers 43 39 .524 3.5 380 331
Giants 44 40 .524 3.5 348 363
Rockies 41 42 .494 6 388 432
Padres 37 48 .435 11 316 380

Record: 43-39

380 runs scored (4.63 per game)

331 runs allowed (4.04 per game)

.563 pythagorean winning percentage

Game of the month

A number of games could qualify for this honor but one that stuck out among them was June 3. The Dodgers overcame an early five-run deficit to beat the Rockies 10-7, completing a three-game sweep at Coors Field.

Max Muncy hit homers in consecutive innings as the Dodgers scored three runs in three different innings.

Other games that come to mind included June 19 in the first game of a doubleheader with the Cubs. Down to their last strike, Kyle Farmer punched a double down the third base line to score two. The double gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win and eventually the win.

Lastly, the bases were loaded in the 11th inning between the Dodgers and Rangers on June 13 when Kiké Hernandez avoided the tag to score on an Austin Barnes ground ball. It was the Dodgers first — and to this point only — walk-off of the year.

Situational stats

Pinch hitting: Dodgers pinch hitters were 10-for-39 with two home runs and four doubles in June, hitting .256/.370/.513.

Runners in scoring position: The Dodgers hit .240/.343/.439 with RISP for June with nine homers, 10 doubles and a triple.

Bases loaded: The team was 6-for-20 for the month, hitting .300/.318/.650 with the bases loaded in June.

The month ahead

The Dodgers will play 17 of their 26 games on the road in July. They won’t leave California until after the All-Star break when they head out on a 10-game trip, mostly on the east coast.

June batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Puig 89 12 27 7 0 4 12 2 2 9 18 0 0 0 98 0.303 0.367 0.517 0.884 0.343 Puig
Kemp 82 15 18 2 0 6 17 0 0 7 24 1 0 1 91 0.220 0.286 0.463 0.749 0.226 Kemp
Muncy 76 16 22 2 0 10 16 2 0 25 21 0 0 0 101 0.289 0.465 0.711 1.176 0.267 Muncy
Taylor 76 10 21 5 3 2 10 1 1 8 23 1 0 1 86 0.276 0.349 0.500 0.849 0.365 Taylor
Turner 71 10 19 3 0 4 7 1 0 12 7 2 0 1 86 0.268 0.384 0.479 0.863 0.246 Turner
Grandal 68 8 11 2 0 3 10 0 0 3 18 0 0 0 71 0.162 0.197 0.324 0.521 0.170 Grandal
Bellinger 85 18 22 5 1 8 15 3 0 15 29 0 0 0 100 0.259 0.370 0.624 0.994 0.292 Bellinger
Pederson 60 15 17 5 0 10 14 0 0 7 9 0 0 0 67 0.283 0.358 0.867 1.225 0.171 Pederson
Forsythe 69 6 14 5 0 1 5 2 0 5 16 0 0 1 75 0.203 0.253 0.319 0.253 0.245 Forsythe
Hernandez 79 17 21 3 0 7 13 1 0 10 15 0 1 0 90 0.266 0.348 0.570 0.918 0.246 Hernandez
Starters 755 127 192 39 4 55 119 12 3 101 180 4 1 4 865 0.254 0.344 0.535 0.879 0.261 Starters
Barnes 42 7 10 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 13 0 0 0 44 0.238 0.273 0.262 0.535 0.345 Barnes
Utley 9 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667 0.333 Utley
Farmer 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500 0.500 Farmer
Valera 17 3 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 20 0.235 0.316 0.235 0.551 0.267 Valera
Bench 70 11 18 2 0 0 8 1 0 4 15 0 1 0 75 0.257 0.297 0.286 0.583 0.327 Bench
Pitchers 46 2 5 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 21 0 8 0 55 0.109 0.128 0.130 0.230 0.200 Pitchers
Offense 871 140 215 42 4 55 129 14 3 106 216 4 10 4 995 0.247 0.330 0.494 0.824 0.265 Offense

June pitching

Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Stripling 5 5 3 1 29.0 27 8 8 5 1 0 30 0 2.48 0.97 3.38 Stripling
Buehler 2 2 1 0 10.1 10 5 5 0 2 0 6 1 4.35 1.16 2.81 Buehler
Kershaw 2 2 0 0 8.0 9 3 3 0 1 0 10 0 3.38 1.25 0.97 Kershaw
Wood 5 5 3 1 25.1 31 16 13 3 6 0 23 1 4.62 1.46 3.65 Wood
Maeda 4 4 1 1 22.2 18 8 7 1 11 2 21 1 2.78 1.28 3.41 Maeda
Ferguson 3 3 0 1 10.2 9 10 9 2 6 0 12 2 7.59 1.41 5.54 Ferguson
Hudson 1 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00 1.10 Hudson
Hill 3 3 0 1 17.2 14 5 5 2 3 1 21 5 2.55 0.96 3.55 Hill
Alexander 1 1 0 0 1.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.75 1.50 1.60 Alexander
Starters 26 26 8 5 0 126.0 120 56 51 13 30 3 125 10 3.64 1.19 3.41 Starters
Ferguson 2 1 0 6.0 5 1 1 0 1 1 9 1 1.50 1.00 1.10 Ferguson
Cingrani 3 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0.00 0.50 1.60 Cingrani
Hudson 10 1 1 14.0 10 4 1 0 6 0 17 1 0.64 1.14 2.17 Hudson
Santana 1 1 0 3.2 6 5 5 0 1 0 4 1 12.27 1.91 2.55 Santana
Fields 10 0 0 7.2 4 2 2 0 2 1 5 0 2.35 0.78 2.58 Fields
Paredes 11 2 0 6.1 5 3 3 1 1 0 8 0 4.26 0.95 3.10 Paredes
Alexander 14 0 0 14.1 13 6 6 1 5 0 13 0 3.77 1.26 3.24 Alexander
Jansen 12 0 0 9 13.1 8 3 3 1 3 0 9 0 2.03 0.83 3.40 Jansen
Baez 4 2 0 5.0 4 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1.80 1.20 3.90 Baez
Goeddel 11 0 0 12.2 15 8 8 3 5 1 15 0 5.68 1.58 4.99 Goeddel
Corcino 2 0 0 1 4.0 2 2 1 0 3 0 1 1 2.25 1.25 5.60 Corcino
Liberatore 5 1 0 5.0 4 1 1 1 4 0 4 1 1.80 1.60 7.10 Liberatore
Venditte 1 0 0 0.2 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9.00 6.00 7.60 Venditte
Garcia 12 0 1 10.1 16 9 6 4 2 1 7 1 5.23 1.74 7.65 Garcia
Stewart 4 0 1 4.0 8 7 5 1 3 2 3 1 11.25 2.75 7.85 Stewart
Buehler 1 0 1 1.0 5 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 45.00 6.00 19.10 Buehler
Relievers 103 0 9 4 10 110 108 58 49 13 41 5 99 7 4.01 1.35 4.14 Relievers
Totals 133 28 14 14 10 236 228 114 100 26 71 8 224 17 3.81 1.27 3.75 Totals