The Dodgers are fresh off a sweep of the division-rival San Diego Padres and head to Cincinnati to face old friends with some guys pulling the weight and others thirsting for results.
The Boys in Blue have managed an MLB sixth-best wRC+ of 107 in the month of May in addition to the third-best starting rotation ERA at a sparkling 3.26 mark.
Let’s take a look at what individual players are trending in what direction:
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP
May: 25 IP (3 GS), 0.36 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 1.55 FIP, 7.6 K/9, 0.4 BB/9, 1.2 WAR
Ryu was recently named the National League Player of the Week and for good reason. His last 3 starts have been fantastic, capped by taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning and a complete-game shutout. Believe it or not, Hyun-Jin Ryu has posted the lowest ERA in all of Major League Baseball since 2018 among starting pitchers who have thrown as many innings as he has. That is absurd.
Justin Turner, 3B
May: .326 AVG, .396 OBP, .721 SLG, 4.2 BB%, 8.3 K%, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 0.7 WAR
JT has found his power. Crushing 5 bombs across 11 games is no small feat, and per usual, as the weather heats up, so does he. Another interesting fact about his hot stretch is that he is doing it with a .265 BABIP. This indicates that he could heat up even more.
Max Muncy, INF
May: .286 AVG, .375 OBP, .524 SLG, 12.5 BB%, 22.9 K%, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0.5 WAR
Muncy has really tried his best to replicate his stellar 2018 campaign to start off 2019. He looks absolutely locked in at the plate and with the glove. He has posted a 5 DRS so far this season to add on to a solid resumé in 2019.
Austin Barnes, C
May: .179 AVG, .258 OBP, .357 SLG, 6.5 BB%, 16.1 K%, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0.0 WAR
Austin Barnes has been cold for a long while and who knows if this level of production is going to improve some over the rest of the month. Barnes is arguably the lone liability in the lineup.
Kiké Hernandez, 2B
May: .150 AVG, .222 OBP, .250 SLG, 6.7 BB%, 26.7 K%, 1 HR, 3 RBI, -0.2 WAR
Hernandez has looked brutal at the plate as of late. Thankfully his defense has been exceptional at second base, helping ease the blow.
However, after getting off to a scorching start to the season, Kiké has regressed in a big way.
Rich Hill, SP
May: 9 IP (2 GS), 6.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 7.33 FIP, 8.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, -0.2 WAR
After looking fantastic in Spring Training, Rich Hill has not quite found his footing this season after his injury. It will come, and the Dodgers also can afford to wait for Hill to find it. With Ryu showing out, Buehler picking things up, and Kershaw at full health, the pressure on Hill is alleviated.
What do you think? Who did we hit on, and who was a swing and a miss?