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Dodgers News: Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick Dominate in July

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers have had one of the most difficult seasons of any team in the MLB, yet they continue to thrive. They currently rank first with the most amount of players placed on the disabled list this season with 22. So how have they been staying afloat? One reason is the absolutely dominating numbers the Dodgers’ bats have produced in the month of July!

When you look at any batting statistic for National League teams in the month of July, chances are there is a Dodger close to, if not at the top, of the list! A couple of players in particular who have shined this month are Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick.

According to mlb.com

Justin Turner:

  • Tied for 2nd in Home Runs (7)
  • 1st in Runs Batted In (19)
  • Tied for 4th in Runs (14)

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Howie Kendrick:

  • 2nd in Batting Average for players who have played in at least 18 games (.375)
  • 1st in On-Base Percentage for players who have played in at least 18 games (.451)
  • 2nd in Hits (27)
  • Tied for 1st in longest current hitting streak (15 games)

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Now I know what you’re thinking, “The Dodgers cannot survive on only two players producing!” Well you’re right, but don’t worry! The Dodgers as a team currently rank 2nd in batting average and 1st in on-base percentage amongst all National League teams. Though the team, and especially the players highlighted above, may have struggled early on in the season, it is safe to say they have finally gotten into a groove. Let’s hope this hitting continues into August, September, and the Postseason!

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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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