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Dodgers July review: A taste of first place

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The roster went through some changes in July, and the Dodgers gained ground in the standings. After starting the month 3½ games back in the National League West, the Dodgers were in first place for 18 days in July, then ended the month a half-game back.

The Dodgers led the National League in runs allowed per game (3.23) in July and ranked second in runs scored (4.85) and during the month. They ranked fourth in the majors in run differential (+42).

After setting a franchise record with 55 home runs in June, the Dodgers’ July total of 33 home runs might seem small, but it still was just four shy of the major league lead.

Dodgers relief pitchers posted a 2.61 ERA during July, second in the majors behind the Phillies.

Batter of July

Yasmani Grandal was on fire during the month, hitting .364/.488/.727 with six home runs, setting personal monthly records in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and walks (16). Grandal is just the second Dodgers catcher with a 1.200 OPS in a month with 75 or more plate appearances in the last 111 seasons, joining Mike Piazza (June 1997).

Newcomer Manny Machado, who was acquired in a 5-for-1 deal at the All-Star break, hit .286/.407/.469 with a pair of home runs in 12 games with the Dodgers.

Notable: Chris Taylor hit .267/.316/.438 and led the club with 20 RBI, but also became the second Dodger ever with 40 strikeouts in a month. The first was Cody Bellinger in May 2017.

Pitcher of July

Clayton Kershaw was back into form during July, posting a 1.95 ERA with 28 strikeouts during the month. It was his highest July ERA in six years. He pitched at least six innings in all five starts. Kershaw walked five batters during the month, and at the plate walked four times.

Rich Hill was a touch behind, posting a 2.42 ERA with 31 strikeouts, and holding opposing batters to just .208/.276/.313. Honorable mention goes to Caleb Ferguson, who excelled out of the bullpen with 18 strikeouts against only one walk to go with his 1.20 ERA in 15 innings of relief, picking up his second major league win and first two saves.

July NL West standings

Team W L Pct GB RS RA
Team W L Pct GB RS RA
Rockies 17 6 0.739 ---- 122 79
Dodgers 16 10 0.615 126 84
Diamondbacks 13 13 0.500 131 122
Giants 11 14 0.440 7 93 106
Padres 5 20 0.200 13 89 145

Record: 16-10
126 runs scored (4.85 per game)
84 runs allowed (3.23 per game)
.677 pythagorean winning percentage (18-8)

NL West standings through July 31

Team W L Pct GB RS RA
Team W L Pct GB RS RA
Diamondbacks 60 49 0.550 ---- 492 426
Rockies 58 48 0.547 ½ 510 511
Dodgers 59 49 0.546 ½ 506 415
Giants 55 54 0.505 5 441 469
Padres 42 68 0.382 18½ 405 525

Record: 59-49
506 runs scored (4.69 per game)
415 runs allowed (3.84 per game)
.590 pythagorean winning percentage (64-44)

Game of the month

The second day of July saw the Dodgers set season highs in both runs (17) and hits (21), a win over the Pirates that included four players hitting a home run and both Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig driving in four runs apiece. Kemp was 5-for-5 with four runs scored, culminating a stretch of hits in eight straight at-bats. Grandal, fitting for the month, reached base five times. But the capper for this game was the three-inning save for Caleb Ferguson, his first of two during the month, with the 16-run win the largest margin of victory in a game featuring a Dodgers save.

Situational stats

Pinch hitting: Dodgers pinch hitters for in July were 9-for-36 with two doubles, five walks and a hit by pitch, hitting .250/.372/.306. Chase Utley was 5-for-10 (.556) with two doubles and a hit by pitch in this role during the month.

Runners in scoring position: The Dodgers for the month with RISP hit .274/.389/.399. They ranked 10th in MLB in July with 260 plate appearances in those situations.

Bases loaded: The Dodgers in July were 11-for-31 (.355) with 11 singles, a walk and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded, driving in 19 runs.

July months in review: June 25-July 1 | July 2-8 | July 9-15 | July 16-22 | July 23-29

The month ahead

After a July with lots of gray uniforms, the Dodgers have a home-heavy August with 16 games at Dodger Stadium and 11 games on the road. Seven of the road games are interleague contests, with trips to Oakland, Seattle and Arlington. The only National League road games for the Dodgers this month are four games at Coors Field from Aug. 9-12.

Stats

July 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
Grandal 66 11 24 4 1 6 14 0 0 16 16 0 0 0 82 0.364 0.488 0.727 1.215 0.409 Grandal
Puig 33 6 10 3 0 3 11 0 0 3 8 0 0 1 37 0.303 0.351 0.667 1.018 0.304 Puig
Machado 49 5 14 1 1 2 5 1 0 10 15 0 0 0 59 0.286 0.407 0.469 0.876 0.375 Machado
Muncy 95 18 23 3 1 7 13 0 0 15 30 2 0 1 113 0.242 0.354 0.516 0.870 0.271 Muncy
Pederson 75 10 21 7 0 3 7 0 2 5 16 2 1 0 83 0.280 0.341 0.493 0.835 0.321 Pederson
Kemp 85 15 24 3 0 4 17 0 0 11 18 0 0 2 98 0.282 0.357 0.459 0.816 0.308 Kemp
Taylor 105 15 28 7 1 3 20 1 0 6 40 2 0 1 114 0.267 0.316 0.438 0.754 0.397 Taylor
Bellinger 92 12 21 7 1 1 4 0 0 12 25 1 0 0 105 0.228 0.324 0.359 0.683 0.303 Bellinger
Turner 40 5 10 2 0 0 5 0 1 5 9 1 0 0 46 0.250 0.348 0.300 0.648 0.323 Turner
Hernandez 74 8 11 2 0 3 7 0 0 7 10 1 0 1 83 0.149 0.229 0.297 0.526 0.129 Hernandez
Starters 714 105 186 39 5 32 103 2 3 90 187 9 1 6 820 0.261 0.348 0.464 0.812 0.307 Starters
Verdugo 16 4 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 19 0.313 0.421 0.563 0.984 0.286 Verdugo
Utley 26 4 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 30 0.308 0.400 0.423 0.823 0.364 Utley
Toles 23 4 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 24 0.261 0.292 0.348 0.639 0.316 Toles
Forsythe 36 7 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 16 0 0 0 42 0.222 0.333 0.222 0.556 0.400 Forsythe
Barnes 28 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 11 1 0 0 33 0.179 0.303 0.179 0.482 0.294 Barnes
Bench 129 20 32 6 0 1 10 0 2 15 36 4 0 0 148 0.248 0.345 0.318 0.662 0.337 Bench
Pitchers 49 1 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 13 0 5 0 58 0.102 0.170 0.102 0.272 0.139 Pitchers
Offense 892 126 223 45 5 33 117 2 5 109 236 13 6 6 1026 0.250 0.338 0.423 0.761 0.302 Offense

July 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
Kershaw 5 5 3 1 32.3 25 10 7 2 5 0 28 2 1.95 0.928 2.92 Kershaw
Hill 4 4 3 1 25.0 20 7 7 2 7 0 29 0 2.52 1.080 2.76 Hill
Wood 5 5 3 0 29.7 24 9 9 2 11 2 22 2 2.73 1.180 3.71 Wood
Maeda 4 4 2 1 23.0 20 10 10 3 6 1 29 1 3.91 1.130 3.16 Maeda
Buehler 3 3 0 2 16.7 16 8 8 4 2 1 17 0 4.32 1.080 4.46 Buehler
Stripling 5 5 2 1 26.7 32 14 14 6 3 0 30 1 4.73 1.313 4.33 Stripling
Starters 26 26 13 6 0 153.3 137 58 55 19 34 4 155 6 3.23 1.115 3.49 Starters
Goeddel 7 0 0 8.7 2 0 0 0 4 0 11 1 0.00 0.692 2.39 Goeddel
Hill 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0.00 2.000 5.20 Hill
Rosscup 4 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 1.000 4.20 Rosscup
Maeda 1 0 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.000 -2.80 Maeda
Alexander 13 1 0 1 12.3 5 1 1 0 3 0 14 0 0.73 0.649 1.66 Alexander
Chargois 9 0 1 7.7 3 1 1 1 0 0 10 0 1.17 0.391 2.29 Chargois
Ferguson 7 1 0 2 15.0 9 3 2 2 1 0 18 0 1.20 0.667 2.73 Ferguson
Jansen 12 0 2 9 13.3 8 4 3 2 4 1 20 0 2.03 0.900 2.82 Jansen
Floro 7 0 0 8.7 4 3 3 1 2 0 10 0 3.12 0.692 3.08 Floro
Hudson 12 1 0 9.7 8 6 6 3 2 0 9 0 5.59 1.034 5.99 Hudson
Baez 3 0 0 3.0 4 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 6.00 1.667 1.53 Baez
Garcia 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 9.00 1.000 12.20 Garcia
Paredes 3 0 0 0.7 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 27.00 4.500 27.20 Paredes
Hernandez 1 0 1 0.3 1 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 81.00 9.000 60.20 Hernandez
Relievers 81 0 3 4 12 82.7 47 26 24 12 23 1 102 1 2.61 0.847 3.45 Relievers
Totals 107 26 16 10 12 236.0 184 84 79 31 57 5 257 7 3.01 1.021 3.48 Totals