Through the first two weeks of June, the Dodgers boast a 6-4 record with a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, two series wins against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants, and getting swept in a two-game series with the Anaheim Angels.
There are some players who have begun to make their mark here in the beginning of June. As the temperatures begin to rise in Southern California, so do these players:
Max Muncy, 1B/2B/3B
Mad Max has certainly done his part this month and even made national headlines while succeeding, as he called out Madison Bumgarner with the now well-known phrase ‘get it out of the ocean’. Muncy has cracked 3 homers and driven in 5 runs, accruing 0.5 WAR. He is also sporting a stellar .294/.405/.588 slash line and 160 wRC+ in June. He is also doing his part on the defensive end, occasionally spelling Justin Turner at third and acting as an everyday regular between first and second base.
MAD. MAX. pic.twitter.com/65q7saXtgl
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 9, 2019
Walker Buehler, SP
Ferris is getting hot, folks. He looks pretty darn comfortable and poised on the mound. Since May 11, Buehler has tossed 39 innings and has struck out 46 batters. He has an elite 1.85 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over that span of time.
His ERA continues to decrease with every ace-level performance, just like the one on June 3 against the Diamondbacks where he struck out 1 batters in 8 innings on only two hits and an earned run.
Clayton Kershaw, SP
The strikeouts have not been there for Kersh, but it doesn’t matter. Since May 14, Kershaw has thrown 33 1/3 innings with 28 strikeouts, a 2.70 ERA, and 1.11 WHIP. Pretty elite. Although his fastball only cracks 90-91 miles per hour these days, he still gets it done. The fact that he is probably the third best pitcher in the rotation right now and he is as good as he has been is a testament to just how deep the Dodgers’ pitching staff is.
Joc Pederson, OF
Yung Joc has gone ice cold. In the month of June, Pederson is slashing .069/.182/.172 with a 3 wRC+ mark. Yikes. He has actually been worth -0.3 WAR, as well. When Joc is not hitting righties, he is doing nothing to benefit the time, considering his inability to hit southpaws and his so-so defense. Without a doubt, Joc Pederson will turn it around, evidenced by his elite 143 wRC+ mark on the season. Do not be frightened.
Joc Pederson has 2 hits in June. He's 2-29 (.069). This comes after batting .323 (21-65) in May.
Oddly enough, June is usually hot for Joc with 29 HR and a .925 OPS over his 6 year career.
The streak tendency continues!
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) June 13, 2019
Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF
Do not be frightened to see Belli on this side of the list. However, he has gone pretty cold in the month of June. He is slashing .182/.325/.242 this month to start it and is somehow still hovering around a .350 batting average on the season.
He will get back to being a solid hitter soon enough, but it would have been ignorant to expect Bellinger to not have a cold spell after being the hottest hitter on the planet for quite some time.
Dylan Floro, RP
Once a bullpen stalwart, this season has been different for Dylan Floro. After starting the season off with an absurd 17 1/3 innings scoreless streak, Floro has been lackluster at best, posting a 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings. Small sample size, sure, but there is no excuse for eight earned runs (11 runs total) in that sample. Let’s hope he turns it around for the sake of the Dodgers’ bullpen. It needs Floro to bring his A-game.
The Dodgers are seeing their stars trend downwards and are getting some amazing performances from their pitching staff. It is not hard to find reasons why they remain firmly in the lead in the National League West by a healthy 9.5 games.