When the Dodgers acquired a guy who has averaged 30 homeruns a season, you knew fireworks were coming to LA. Los Angeles has been up near the top of the league in homeruns the last few years, and 2020 shouldn’t be any different.
In the early going of 2020, the Dodgers have combined for 27 homeruns. That puts them tied with the Yankees for the most in all of baseball. The source of those 27 homeruns is a little bit of a surprise though. You have your usual suspects with Max Muncy and Joc Pederson hitting 4 and 3 longballs respectively. But then you have a few guys that are seeing a burst in power.
AJ Pollock is the most pleasant surprise in all-around offense, but his power has certainly shown up as of late. Pollock has homered 3 times this year, including twice in his last 7 games. Mookie Betts has contributed 3 homeruns of his own this year, and Edwin Rios has blasted 3 in just 16 at-bats.
Corey Seager is out with back pain, but he also has 3 homeruns to his name. Seager hit 26 homeruns in his Rookie of the Year campaign but has not come close to that number since. If he is indeed healthy, 2020 could end up being a huge year for him.
Of every stat to come out of this season, the Dodgers’ bullpen is easily the most surprising. They rank second in all of baseball with a 1.53 earned run average in relief. Jake McGee, Scott Alexander, Dylan Floro, Joe Kelly, and Blake Treinen haven’t even been charged with an earned run yet. Those 5 guys have combined to throw 28.1 innings for the first 15 games of the season.
The Dodgers bullpen as a whole has held hitters to a .187 batting average.