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They contributed nearly half of the Dodgers total runs this series

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There must be something in the Miami water. And the Marlins must not be drinking it.

The Dodgers are having an offensive explosion, outscoring the Marlins 24-2 through the first two games. But what’s more impressive is the contribution from Dodgers rookies. Will Smith, Matt Beaty, Kyle Garlick and Edwin Ríos are responsible for driving in nearly half of the Dodgers’ 24 runs in this series.

The four rookies contributed 11 RBIs thus far, compared to the 13 runs driven in by Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger.

The new guys are also the only ones who have multi-homer games in Miami. Smith, who only played on Tuesday, hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season while Ríos hit the first two dingers of his MLB career.

It’s not the first time this year the rookies have carried their fair share of the load. Remember walk-off weekend against the Colorado Rockies? Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo and Will Smith all hit walk-off home runs to complete a sweep against the division opponent.

2019 Dodgers rookies stats

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Verdugo, A 106 343 43 101 22 2 12 44 26 49 0.294 0.342 0.475 0.817
Beaty, M 61 164 25 48 15 1 6 35 9 23 0.293 0.329 0.506 0.836
Smith, W 23 71 14 23 8 0 9 26 6 21 0.324 0.375 0.817 1.192
Garlick, K 27 42 6 10 3 0 2 5 3 18 0.238 0.289 0.452 0.741
Rios, E 14 26 8 9 2 1 2 4 7 10 0.346 0.485 0.731 1.216
via MLB.com

The rookies (with the exception of Garlick) are hovering near a .300 batting average and boasting decent on base percentages. They are contributing when it’s most necessary, showing the Dodgers lineup is scary, no matter who is up to the plate.

While on the topic of contributing rookies, Dustin May is still not a confirmed starter for the Atlanta series this weekend.

May’s most recent outing was Tuesday against the Marlins, where he earned his first MLB win. He pitched 5 23 innings and only allowed one run from three hits and a walk. He now has a 2.45 ERA in three starts. Whether he’s on the mound or in the bullpen, he’ll continue to show his command of the baseball with his two-seam fastball and cutter.