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Joc Pederson is quietly one of the hottest hitters in the game

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Pederson’s slugging percentage is ranked 7th in the MLB

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LOS ANGELES — Lost in the numbers of Cody Bellinger, another Dodgers outfielder has been putting together an All-Star caliber season.

Entering Tuesday’s game, Joc Pederson is arguably one of the best hitters in the National League, and his numbers can back it up. Currently, he’s top five in the NL in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.637) and has the seventh-highest OPS (1.013).

“He’s as good as anybody right now”, manager Dave Roberts said.

He’s right. Over the last two weeks, Pederson has been one of the hottest hitters in the game. Since May 14, Pederson is hitting .438 with an OPS of 1.370. He has three home runs and nine RBIs.

Throughout his career, Pederson has relied so much on the home run ball. Though that’s the case during this hot streak, he’s getting contact at a rate higher than ever before. Only 3 of his 14 hits since May 14 have been home runs. Yesterday he had three singles in a game for only the fourth time in his career.

His plate discipline has also been noticeably better as well. Over the last two weeks, he’s struck out only twice, while walking six times.

“As far as swinging at strikes in the strike zone, he’s been very consistent all year long,” Roberts said.

With a crowded outfield, Pederson has battled in order to find playing time. He’s been doing such that. Against a right-handed pitcher, Pederson has made himself a ‘must-start’. His quality at-bats have helped the Dodgers out drastically during this recent stretch, as well as his stellar defense in the outfield.

If Pederson continues his approach, he very well might find himself in Cleveland this summer participating in his second career All-Star Game.