One month of baseball is in the the books and the Los Angeles Dodgers are atop the National League West with a 16-8 record heading into Monday’s series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.
More than a few Dodgers have proven their worth during April, and two players received awards for their efforts. Adrian Gonzalez received the National League Player of the Month award and Alex Guerrero earned the NL Rookie of the Month award.
In the first three games of the season Gonzalez slugged five home runs and two doubles, while driving in seven runs; the five home runs he hit in that span set a Major-League record and was named NL Player of the Week in early April.
Gonzalez finished the month of April with eight home runs, nine doubles and 19 RBIs. Surprisingly, Gonzalez’s only downside was his fielding, as he committed three errors in one month, which is already half of his total errors in 2014.
Although the 28-year-old Guerrero had limited playing time in April, he still posted great numbers. With a slashline of .423/.429/1.077, he was one of the more consistent hitters on the Dodgers, behind Adrian Gonzalez.
In just five starts, the utility man blasted five home runs and drove in 13 RBIs. With left fielder Carl Crawford on the disabled list, Guerrero figures to receive more playing time moving forward unless his cold streak at the plate continues.
There’s also the possibility Guerrero may have played his way out of Los Angeles as it was reported Monday the club will consider trading a third baseman with the Cuban native believed to have already drawn interest.
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