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Dodgers May Review: Full throttle

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The Dodgers were one of the best teams in May

New York Mets v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Dodgers’ formula for winning was the same throughout the month. Great pitching plus great hitting, with the occasional bullpen implosion.

They were in first place for the entire month of May. They entered the month just one game ahead of the division and exit May with a 8.5 lead. The rest of the division shuffled around but the Dodgers sat pretty on top.

Starting pitchers held a 2.50 ERA this month, which is the best in the MLB. They also lead the league in WHIP (0.931), walk rate (3.4%) and strikeout:walk ratio (7.41).

The boys in blue are on pace to win 109 games this season.

Batter of May

This isn’t easy. There were several hitters that performed well in the month of May, with five of the eight starters batting .300 or higher. The easy answer is Cody Bellinger, who is at the top of the pack for almost every stat. He boasts a .319/.413/.585 slash line and leads the team in hits (30) and walks (15). He also has the team’s second-most doubles (7), home runs (6). No other Dodger is across the board like Belli.

Joc Pederson was the slugger of May, leading the team in home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.723). Max Muncy also had seven home runs in May.

Pitcher of May

There is no question Hyun-Jin Ryu is the pitcher of the month. Ryu went 5-0 in May, boasting a 0.59 ERA. In six starts, he only allowed three runs to score. He lead the team with 36 strikeouts and only allowed three walks. He held his opponents to a .177 batting average, only behind Kenta Maeda (.146).

Out of the bullpen, Pedro Báez was noteworthy. He sported a 1.93 ERA in 12 appearances. In 9 13 innings pitched, he allowed five runs (two earned).

May NL West Standings

May NL West Standings

Team W L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Team W L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Dodgers 19 7 0.731 - 140 92
Rockies 16 10 0.615 3.0 183 162
Padres 13 14 0.481 6.5 119 126
Diamondbacks 11 17 0.393 9.0 145 126
Giants 10 16 0.385 9.0 112 175

Record: 19-7

140 runs scored (3.89 per game)

92 runs allowed (2.56 per game)

NL West Standings through May

NL West standings through May

Team W L Pct. GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Team W L Pct. GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Dodgers 39 19 0.672 - 314 229
Padres 30 27 0.526 8.5 226 242
Rockies 28 30 0.483 9.0 303 262
Diamondbacks 28 30 0.483 11.0 303 262
Giants 22 34 0.393 16.0 208 297

Record: 39-19

314 runs scored (5.41 per game)

229 runs allowed (3.94 per game)

.632 pythagorean winning percentage (36-21)

Game of the month

On May 29, the Dodgers came back from a five-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion. Four of the runs scored in the comeback were driven in during the ninth inning. Though the Dodgers were put into that predicament because of the bullpen, the come-from-behind win was exciting nonetheless. Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly brought in the winning run to seal the deal. You can relive the madness with the TBLA game recap!

May weeks in review: Apr. 29-May 5 | May 6-May 12 | May 13-May 19 | May 20-26 | May 27-June 2

The month ahead

The Dodgers only have two days off in June, both coming early on in the month (June 6, 12). In total, they will play 14 of 28 games at home in June. Their schedule includes a two-game set with the Angels in Anaheim, as well as a four-game series against the Cubs at home. They will also play the Rockies and Giants seven times each and face the Diamondbacks for six games.

Stats

May Batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SF SH TB AVG OBP SLG OPS Player
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SF SH TB AVG OBP SLG OPS Player
Pederson 65 16 21 3 1 7 13 0 0 8 15 1 0 0 47 0.323 0.405 0.723 1.128 Pederson
Verdugo 81 9 24 9 0 0 11 3 0 11 8 1 4 0 33 0.296 0.371 0.407 0.778 Verdugo
Bellinger 94 18 30 7 0 6 15 2 1 15 16 0 0 0 55 0.319 0.413 0.585 0.998 Bellinger
Turner 82 16 28 5 0 5 15 1 0 6 7 4 1 0 48 0.341 0.409 0.585 0.994 Turner
Seager 87 18 23 6 0 5 20 1 0 10 17 2 2 0 44 0.264 0.347 0.506 0.853 Seager
Hernández 82 9 15 1 0 3 11 0 0 6 22 2 1 0 25 0.183 0.253 0.305 0.558 Hernández
Muncy 96 23 29 6 0 7 18 3 0 14 23 0 0 0 56 0.302 0.391 0.583 0.974 Muncy
Taylor 70 10 21 5 2 3 10 2 0 5 18 0 0 1 39 0.3 0.347 0.557 0.904 Taylor
Martin 45 3 10 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 13 3 1 0 14 0.222 0.321 0.311 0.632 Martin
Starters 702 122 201 43 3 37 115 12 1 79 139 13 9 1 361 0.286 0.365 0.514 0.879 Starters
Freese 36 10 12 2 0 2 6 0 0 9 12 0 0 0 20 0.333 0.467 0.556 1.023 Freese
Beaty 39 3 10 1 0 0 7 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 11 0.256 0.256 0.282 0.538 Beaty
Smith 11 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0.273 0.273 0.364 0.637 Smith
Barnes 44 4 12 4 0 1 5 1 0 5 12 3 0 0 19 0.273 0.385 0.432 0.817 Barnes
Garlick 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Garlick
Gale 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Gale
d'Arnaud 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.083 0.154 0.083 0.237 d'Arnaud
Bench 135 18 37 8 0 3 18 2 0 14 33 3 0 0 54 0.274 0.355 0.400 0.755 Bench
Pitchers 50 0 6 1 0 0 3 0 0 4 15 0 0 8 7 0.120 0.185 0.140 0.325 Pitchers
Offense 887 140 244 52 3 40 136 14 1 97 187 16 9 9 422 0.275 0.354 0.475 0.828 Offense
May 2019 batting

May Pitching

Player G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP Player
Player G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP Player
Maeda 5 5 4 0 0 29.2 15 9 9 4 5 0 34 1 2.73 0.67 Maeda
Ryu 6 6 5 0 0 45.2 28 3 3 0 3 0 36 0 0.59 0.68 Ryu
Kershaw 5 5 4 0 0 32 36 15 15 6 5 0 28 0 4.22 1.28 Kershaw
Buehler 5 5 2 1 0 31 28 13 10 5 3 0 34 0 2.90 1.00 Buehler
Hill 5 5 1 1 0 27 25 9 9 5 6 0 31 2 3.00 1.15 Hill
Starters 26 26 16 2 0 164.4 132 49 46 20 22 0 163 3 2.52 0.94 Starters
Alexander 10 0 2 0 0 5 5 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.60 1.20 Alexander
Báez 12 0 0 1 0 9.1 6 5 2 0 4 0 9 0 1.93 1.07 Báez
Ferguson 4 0 0 0 0 3.2 5 6 6 1 3 0 2 1 14.73 2.18 Ferguson
Floro 10 0 0 1 0 8.1 11 10 7 2 2 0 7 1 7.56 1.56 Floro
García 8 0 0 1 0 8 6 4 4 2 3 0 7 1 4.50 1.13 García
Jansen 10 0 0 1 7 10 7 4 4 1 2 0 16 1 3.60 0.90 Jansen
Kelly 7 0 0 0 0 5.1 7 6 5 1 6 0 5 0 8.44 2.44 Kelly
Stripling 8 0 1 0 0 8.2 9 3 3 0 2 0 8 1 3.12 1.27 Stripling
Urías 5 0 0 1 2 7.2 10 3 3 2 0 0 6 1 3.52 1.30 Urías
Relievers 74 0 3 5 9 63.9 66 43 36 10 23 0 61 6 5.07 1.39 Relievers
Totals 100 26 19 7 9 228.3 198 92 82 30 45 0 224 9 3.23 1.06 Totals
May 2019 Pitchers