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Dodgers June review: Testing the waters

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Recapping how the Dodgers did in June

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers used June as the month to experiment with their players. The depth in the roster allows them to place different players at different positions and hope for success. Joc Pederson’s trial at first base and Russell Martin on the mound are just a couple instances where players tried out new positions.

Corey Seager and Rich Hill found themselves on the injured list in June. Fortunately for the Dodgers, their aforementioned depth helped Seager and Hill’s absence feel like less of a loss.

The team was able to widen the gap in the division, extending their lead to 12 games over the second place Colorado Rockies.

Batter of June

Max Muncy impressed in June, hitting .287/.404/.585, leading the team with 18 runs scored, 23 RBIs and eight home runs. His month featured two multi-home runs games, one against the Angeles and the second at Coors Field against the Rockies.

Honorable mention goes to Chris Taylor who really stepped up to the plate when Corey Seager hit the injured list. He hit .312/.371/.570 and was second on the team with 20 RBIs. His 12 doubles also led the team in the stat.

Pitcher of June

Walker Buehler had himself a great June. Of the four starting pitchers who were healthy last month, he boasted the lowest ERA (2.45). A complete game with 16 strikeouts highlighted his impressive month. He also pitched back-to-back games in which he went seven scoreless innings.

June NL West Standings

Team W L Pct GB RS RA RD
Team W L Pct GB RS RA RD
Dodgers 18 10 0.643 -- 145 102 43
Rockies 15 13 0.536 3 167 158 9
Diamondbacks 15 13 0.536 3 136 134 2
Giants 14 13 0.519 3.5 118 118 0
Padres 12 14 0.462 5 153 154 -1

Record: 18-10
145 runs scored (5.17 per game)
102 runs allowed (3.64 per game)

NL West Standings through June

Team W L Pct GB RS RA RD
Team W L Pct GB RS RA RD
Dodgers 57 29 0.663 -- 459 331 128
Rockies 44 40 0.524 12.0 475 458 17
Padres 42 41 0.506 13.5 379 396 -17
Diamondbacks 43 43 0.5 14.0 439 396 43
Giants 36 47 0.434 19.5 326 415 -89

Record: 57-29
459 runs scored (5.36 per game)
331 runs allowed (3.85 per game)
.639 pythagorean winning percentage (55-31)

Game of the month

On June 21, Walker Buehler pitched his complete game with 16 strikeouts. If this isn’t enough fireworks for one game, Matt Beaty hit a walk-off home run to begin the walk-off weekend.

June weeks in review: May 27-June 2 | June 3-9 | June 10-16 | June 17-23 | June 24-30

The month ahead

The Dodgers will play in 24 games this month, 11 at home and 13 on the road. The team begins the month with a much deserved day off before hosting a six-game home stand before heading into the All-Star break where 4 players will represent LA in Cleveland.

Stats

June batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA SLG OBP OPS BABIP
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA SLG OBP OPS BABIP
Verdugo 101 15 31 5 0 5 10 1 0 6 11 1 0 1 109 0.307 0.505 0.349 0.854 0.302
Bellinger 92 17 25 5 1 7 15 1 1 18 20 0 0 0 110 0.272 0.576 0.391 0.967 0.277
Pederson 86 10 16 2 0 3 9 0 0 6 19 2 0 0 94 0.186 0.314 0.255 0.569 0.203
Muncy 94 18 27 4 0 8 23 0 1 19 21 0 0 1 114 0.287 0.585 0.404 0.989 0.288
Taylor 93 15 29 12 0 4 20 3 0 10 32 0 1 2 106 0.312 0.570 0.371 0.941 0.424
Turner 86 16 25 6 0 3 8 0 0 8 18 4 0 1 99 0.291 0.465 0.374 0.839 0.333
Hernandez 86 9 17 4 0 4 13 2 0 4 19 3 0 1 94 0.198 0.384 0.255 0.639 0.203
Barnes 44 4 6 1 0 1 3 0 0 3 12 0 0 0 47 0.136 0.227 0.191 0.419 0.161
Starters 682 104 176 39 1 35 101 7 2 74 152 10 1 6 773 0.258 0.472 0.337 0.809 0.281
Martin 50 7 12 1 0 0 2 0 0 6 17 1 0 0 57 0.240 0.260 0.333 0.593 0.364
Beaty 53 8 16 6 0 2 8 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 55 0.302 0.528 0.327 0.856 0.333
Rios 9 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 11 0.333 0.556 0.455 1.010 0.600
Garlick 27 5 8 2 0 2 4 0 0 3 12 0 0 0 30 0.296 0.593 0.367 0.959 0.462
Smith 15 3 4 0 0 3 6 1 0 3 6 0 0 0 18 0.267 0.867 0.389 1.256 0.167
Seager 40 4 17 7 0 1 9 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 43 0.425 0.675 0.465 1.140 0.500
Freese 41 12 15 4 0 4 9 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 42 0.366 0.756 0.381 1.137 0.367
Bench 235 40 75 20 1 12 39 1 0 20 62 1 0 0 256 0.319 0.566 0.375 0.941 0.391
Pitchers 55 1 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 22 0 10 0 66 0.200 0.200 0.214 0.414 0.333
Offense 972 145 262 59 2 47 142 8 2 95 236 11 11 6 1095 0.270 0.479 0.470 0.949 0.309

June pitching

Name G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP SO9
Name G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP SO9
Kershaw 6 6 2 2 0 40 36 15 13 5 6 0 33 0 2.93 1.05 7.40
Ryu 5 5 1 1 0 30 32 13 9 4 2 0 25 1 2.70 1.13 7.50
Buehler 5 5 3 0 0 36.2 26 10 10 3 2 0 46 0 2.45 0.76 11.30
Maeda 5 5 0 2 0 25.2 18 12 12 3 10 0 26 1 4.21 1.09 9.10
Hill 4 4 3 0 0 20 17 5 5 3 6 2 24 0 2.25 1.15 10.80
Gonsolin 1 1 0 1 0 4 6 6 4 1 0 0 3 0 9.00 1.50 6.80
Starters 26 26 9 6 0 156.1 135 61 53 19 26 2 157 2 3.06 1.03 9.05
Urias 8 1 2 0 1 19 6 3 2 1 7 0 16 1 0.95 0.68 7.60
Stripling 6 1 1 0 0 9.2 8 6 2 1 4 0 12 0 1.86 1.24 11.20
Martin 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00 9.00
Baez 12 0 1 0 0 12 5 2 2 0 5 1 7 1 1.50 0.83 5.30
Rosscup 3 0 0 0 0 1.1 3 2 2 1 1 0 3 0 13.50 3.00 20.30
Kelly 8 0 1 1 0 9 8 5 2 0 5 1 14 0 2.00 1.44 14.00
Chargois 4 0 1 0 0 4.1 3 1 1 0 2 1 8 0 2.08 1.15 16.60
Jansen 10 0 1 1 6 10 9 3 3 1 2 0 11 1 2.70 1.10 9.90
Garcia 9 0 0 0 0 9.1 3 3 3 3 0 0 8 0 2.89 0.32 7.70
Sborz 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 27.00 3.00 0.00
Ferguson 5 0 0 0 0 6.1 8 4 3 2 2 0 12 1 4.26 1.58 17.10
Alexander 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 9.00 4.00 0.00
Floro 8 0 2 1 0 7.2 10 8 8 1 3 1 7 0 9.39 1.70 8.20
Relievers 77 2 9 4 7 91.2 67 41 32 10 34 5 99 4 3.16 1.11 9.77
Team totals 103 28 18 10 7 248 202 102 85 29 60 7 256 6 3.08 1.06 9.30