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Dodgers: Joc Pederson Sets a New National League Record

In a season full of record setting performances by Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson adds his name to the record books.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

As Joc Pederson got the rally started last night against Edwin Diaz and the Mets, he established a new National League record.

That’s right, Joc’s 16 home runs out of the leadoff spot before June 1 established an NL record.

Just a few weeks ago he collected his 100th career homerun, and after an offseason flush with trade rumors, he has done nothing but slug for the Dodgers.

In 2019, he’s taken his game to another level as he’s become arguably the best platoon player in baseball. He’s getting on-base at a career-high .372 clip this season, and he’s en route to his 4th career 25+ home run season in his 5th full season. His K% is at a career-low 18.9%. He is continuing to mature and become a complete player.

Most importantly, we confirmed that his sneaky Gatorade shower (wSGS+) game is pretty strong.

Joc Pederson:

He strikes out a lot. He gets on base a lot. And he hits dingers.

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 is also 1/2 of the occasional "Clint and Clint #DNpregame" show.

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.

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  1. You have gotta like Joc!!!! One could only imagine how many dingers he might have if management did not platoon him. Joc, Big Red, Belles, and AV form a nice nucleus, and that is why we win games. Last night’s game in particular was unbelievable. And when you watch it from central New Jersey at 1:30AM, you know its a good game. Kudos to Joc!!! Too many Dodger stalwarts wanted to part ways with him!!!! Go Blue!!!

  2. I’ve always liked Joc…BUT it seems the Dodgers have been trying to unload him for the past few years because…????…WHY??? This year he’s chasing Cody in Homers in how many less at bats???

  3. I’ve always liked Joc…BUT it seems the Dodgers have been trying to unload him for the past few years because…????…WHY??? This year he’s chasing Cody in Homers in how many less at bats??? Just Let Him Play!!!

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