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Dodger rookies providing powerful punch

Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo each have five or more home runs this season

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Matt Beaty watches one of his home runs
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When Will Smith hits his fifth home run this season, he will join Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo as Dodger rookies with five or more home runs in 2019. Verdugo has hit 12 while Beaty has five and Smith hit his fourth yesterday.

The Dodgers trail the Diamondbacks for the National League lead as they have three rookies with five or more home runs. The Blue Jays lead all MLB teams with five rookies with five or more home runs.

When Smith joins Verdugo and Beaty, the 2019 Dodgers will be tied for second in LA Dodger history. The other teams with three rookies with five or more home runs include 2015 with current Dodgers, Kiké Hernández and Joc Pederson and the 2006 Dodgers with their teammate Russell Martin.

The team with four players played in 1958, the Dodgers first season in Los Angeles.

LA Dodger Rookies with 5 or more home runs

Year No. of Players Rookies with 5 or more home runs
Year No. of Players Rookies with 5 or more home runs
1958 4 Don Demeter / Dick Gray / Joe Pignatano / John Roseboro
1960 3 Tommy Davis / Frank Howard / Norm Sherry
1973 3 Ron Cey / Davey Lopes / Tom Paciorek
2006 3 Andre Ethier / Matt Kemp / Russell Martin
2015 3 Álex Guerrero / Kiké Hernández / Joc Pederson

If either Matt Beaty or Will Smith can reach ten home runs this season, they can join Alex Verdugo with 10 or more home runs in their rookie season. They would also either join five other Dodger teams with two rookies with 10 or more home runs or maybe set a new record with three rookies with double-digit homers in a season.

LA Dodger Rookies with 10 or more home runs

Year No. of Dodgers Dodger Rookies
Year No. of Dodgers Dodger Rookies
1960 2 Tommy Davis / Frank Howard
1983 2 Greg Brock / Mike Marshall
2006 2 Andre Ethier / Russell Martin
2015 2 Álex Guerrero / Joc Pederson
2016 2 Corey Seager / Trayce Thompson
1958 1 John Roseboro
1959 1 Don Demeter
1961 1 Willie Davis
1965 1 Jim Lefebvre
1969 1 Bill Sudakis
1970 1 Billy Grabarkewitz
1973 1 Ron Cey
1992 1 Eric Karros
1993 1 Mike Piazza
1994 1 Raul Mondesi
1996 1 Todd Hollandsworth
1998 1 Matt Luke
2003 1 David Ross
2004 1 Jayson Werth
2007 1 James Loney
2013 1 Yasiel Puig
2017 1 Cody Bellinger
2019 1 Alex Verdugo

2019 Dodgers trying to stay on pace with other 100-win LA Dodger teams

With 69 wins in 106 games, the 2019 Dodgers are right there with the three other LA Dodger teams with 100+ wins in a season.

  • 2017 Dodgers won 104 games to set an LA franchise record. They were 75-31 at this point of the season.
  • 1962 Dodgers won 102 games and were 71-35 after 106 games.
  • 1974 Dodgers also won 102 games and like this season, were 69-37 after 106 games.

2019 Dodgers could be an all-time great LA Dodger offensive team

As the 2019 season nears the two-thirds mark, this year’s team is on pace to set new season records in runs scored, home runs and slugging percentage and OPS.

  • Only two LA Dodger teams, the 1962 (5.10) and 2006 (5.06) teams have averaged more than five runs per game, the 2019 Dodgers is averaging 5.40 runs per game.
  • Three LA Dodger teams have scored over 800 runs in a season, this year’s team can set a new season record as they are on pace to score 874 runs. The 1962 Dodgers have held the record for 57 years with 842 runs scored.
  • It looks like this year’s Dodgers will set a new franchise record in total home runs. This would be the third straight season that the Dodgers have set a new season record. The 2017 Dodgers hit 221 home runs and that was broken last season when the 2018 Dodgers hit 235 home runs. The 2019 Dodgers are on pace to hit 269 home runs, they currently have 176 home runs.
  • The 176 home runs hit by the 2019 Dodgers is higher than 51 other LA Dodger seasons total.
  • 2019 Dodgers have a .469 slugging percentage, the current LA franchise record is .442 set by the 2018 Dodgers.
  • No LA Dodger team has ever had an OPS over .800, this year’s team has a .812 OPS. The current LA franchise record was set by the 2006 team with a .781 OPS.