Over the last few weeks, the Dodgers offense has been among one of the worst in all of baseball. Ironically, they have the two best hitters in baseball during that stretch.
Since August 4, Cody Bellinger (.441) and Justin Turner (.436) have the highest averages in baseball.
Prior to the start of the hot streaks, both players were experiencing underwhelming seasons.
Turner has been fighting to stay on the field all season. He started the season on the DL with a left wrist fracture. He was activated on May 15 when the Dodgers were in Miami. For the month of May, Turner hit .255/.317/.364, underwhelming by his standards.
Things got a little better for Turner in the month of June, as he hit .268/.384/.479.
Turner spent time on the DL near the end of July with a right groin strain. He saw his averages drop across the board, as he hit .250/.348/.300.
He returned with a vengeance. Turner hit a home run and scored three runs during the Dodgers’ 21-run onslaught of the Brewers. He went 0-for-3 the next game, but then Turner’s best stretch of the season began.
He’s currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, with six multi-hit games. During the streak, Turner is hitting .436/.488/.718/1.206. His average now sits at .290.
As for the other hot hitter, Cody Bellinger.
Just weeks ago, fans were calling for Bellinger to be sent down to the minor leagues. He was swinging at pitches outside the zone, missing easy ones right down the middle, and ultimately looked lost at the plate.
Since the beginning of August, Bellinger has gone out and slowly regained trust of Dodgers fans. He’s hitting .441/.500/.559/1.059, while having five multi-hit games.
At .255, this is the highest his average has been since May 19.
Not only has Bellinger been getting more hits, the quality of hit at-bats have been significantly better. Prior to August 4, the 23-year-old was striking out in 25 percent of his at-bats.
Over the course of the last few weeks, he’s cut that number in half, striking out in only 13 percent of his at bats.
Quality at-bats are the key to Bellinger’s success. When starting the count 1-0, his OPS is .878, compared to .700 when he begins the count with a strike.
With about 40 games left in the season, these two bats are warming up at the right time. Hopefully for the Dodgers, the rest of the lineup can feed off their hot bats, and climb back to the top of the division standings.