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.
The Dodgers' 22 different players on the disabled list ties an NL record. The only team with more in the last 30 years: 2012 Red Sox (27).
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 22, 2016
According to mlb.com…
- Tied for 2nd in Home Runs (7)
- 1st in Runs Batted In (19)
- Tied for 4th in Runs (14)
Since bottoming out with .220 avg on June 3, Justin Turner — .324, 14 HRs, 39 RBI in 39 games. #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 21, 2016
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- 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)
Howie Kendrick extends his hitting streak to 1?5? games! ? pic.twitter.com/bHYv4CiW4T
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 23, 2016
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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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