The Los Angeles Dodgers went just 15-15 in the month of may but for some players, May was a big month for them on an individual level. Among those who were impressive was Yasiel Puig, who earned National League player of the week honors two weeks ago.
Puig played in 27 of the Dodgers’ 30 games in May and hit .404 with a 1.250 OPS, eight home runs and 25 RBIs. Puig also walked 17 times, which is nearly double the total he had in games during March and April.
In a streak that dates back to April, Puig reached safely in 32 consecutive games and with a single in Saturday’s 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, tallied 43 hits in the month. Puig’s 43 total hits was aided by his 16-game hitting streak, which at one point raise his overall average to .349.
The single on Saturday moved Puig into a tie with Willie Davis for most hits during the month of May. Davis accomplished the feat in 1971 in four more at-bats than Puig got, and Davis hit .398 with a .859 OPS.
As for Dee Gordon, he stole 21 bases in May, which ties Maury Wills’ 1965 May record. Gordon had at least one stolen base in 12 games, six of which were multi-stolen base games. The Dodger second baseman had three games with three stolen bases and three games with two stolen bases.
Heading into Saturday, Gordon had back-to-back games with two stolen bases. For much of May, the tandem of Gordon and Puig hit first and second in the batting order, but Puig has since been moved down to third in a change that correlated with Hanley Ramirez missing time with calf soreness.
The Dodgers now head into June with a convincing win under their belt and signs that Ramirez may join Gordon and Puig in providing the offensive punch for the Dodgers.
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