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Dodgers: Joc Pederson Reacts Incorrectly to Home Run

It’s a hiiiiigh fly ball to left…

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the second inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 16-9. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

It was the top of the 9th inning in an eventual Dodgers 6-3 victory. Joc Pederson was at the dish and took a big swing — as he usually does — at a 95mph fastball. The rest is a classic Joc moment.

The bat drops, his head turns in disgust, and then the slow realization that the ball is carrying creeps in. Dodger beat writer Ken Gurnick said it best.

In a season where the most home runs have been hit in MLB history – don’t worry, the ball’s not juiced *wink wink* — Joc Pederson reaped the benefits of a pop fly home run at one of the toughest ball parks for home runs in the league.

While home runs are fun, team reactions can be even better. Sheepish grins filled the Dodger dugout on Joc’s pop home run. Celebrations were timid at best, but rookie Gavin Lux got his veteran teammate with the “syke” of the season.

Pederson has a career high 33 home runs in 144 games. All 33 homers have come off right handed pitching, which puts him in 3rd place in the NL vs RHP, trailing only Pete Alonso of the Mets and Eugenio Suarez of the Reds.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. If Joc really concentrates , not that he doesn’t fully, I really can’t say, my opinion is when I seem him really locked in he is one of a kind, He hits with power and is a real menace to the opposition, I feel that if used properly in the playoffs He will do much damage, his adrenaline will be so pumped that there may be a new Mr.October. “THE BEST TO YOU ALL”

  2. This guy has been maligned , criticized; and basically been nothing but trade bait in the minds of most fans since the second half of his rookie year. And yet he continues to crush righties. We need to recognize that he is a legitimate force for us. We would not be the same without him.

  3. 2020 is Joc’s final year before he hits FA. It will be interesting to see what happens with Joc during this coming off season. For what it’s worth, if I were Joc, I would spend a lot of time during this off season to somehow figure out how to hit LHP better, like Bellinger had done this year. It may not matter however if Dodgers decide either to deal him or keep him only for hitting against RHP. WSS.

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