This is a new recurring series at Dodgers Nation where we will take an in-depth look at some of the hottest and coldest players on the major league roster.
As the Dodgers remain hot and head into the month of May, most of the offense has remained on fire.
Yes, Cody Bellinger is literally en fuego.
Cody Bellinger takes the April Triple Crown ? pic.twitter.com/8BCUknnIia
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 1, 2019
With April coming to an end, it closed the book on a truly incredible month in baseball, and Dodgers history. This dude is hot, and his stock remains very high.
Justin Turner, 3B
Stats: .279 AVG, .379 OBP, .337 SLG, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB, 12.1 BB%, 18.5 K%, 104 wRC+
JT finally popped his first homer of the season against the Giants this week and overall, he has looked a lot better. Over the past week, his OPS was .881 with a 142 wRC+ which is a lot more JT-like. The home run was just the third of his entire career before May 1st, meaning that when the weather begins to heat up (soon), JT will heat up too.
Julio Urias, SP/RP
Stats: 23 2/3 IP, 3.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 3.15 FIP, 29 K%, 9 BB%, 34.5 GB%
Despite a demotion to the bullpen, Urias has been nails. If the Dodgers intend to use the kid from Culiacán in a Josh Hader/Andrew Miller type of role, he could become an extremely valuable asset to a depleted Dodgers’ pen. Over the last two weeks, Urias tossed 10 innings of one-run ball while striking out a whopping sixteen batters.
Clayton Kershaw, SP
Stats: 20 IP, 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 2.91 FIP, 28.8 K%, 5.5 BB%, 59.6 GB%
Although a lot of us were scared that Kershaw was in serious decline, Kersh has done his best to silence the doubters. His spin rate has increased and even though his velocity is down, he is still toying with hitters. He has looked absolutely fantastic.
Yes, CT3 and Kiké are cold. I get it.
Corey Seager, SS
Stats: .236 AVG, .333 OBP, .364 SLG, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, 11.9 BB%, 21.4 K%, 92 wRC+
Corey Seager was on the opposite end of this list last week which is a little disheartening. Seager really has looked lost at the plate as of plate, posting a .419 OPS and 21 wRC+ over the past week. Let’s hope he turns it around for the sake of the offense.
Joc Pederson, OF
Stats: .239 AVG, .355 OBP, .620 SLG, 10 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, 10.9 BB%, 19.1 K%, 154 wRC+
It feels pretty strange including Joc on this side of the list considering he has been one of the best offensive players for the club this season, but his last week and a half have been been dreadful: .422 OPS and 17 wRC+. Joc’s approach is still there and the peripherals look great: .194 BABIP against a .239 AVG. This means there is more in the tank. It would surprise me if Joc was on this side of the stocks next week.
Kenta Maeda, SP
Stats: 32 2/3 IP, 4.41 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.76 FIP, 19.9 K%, 10.6 BB%, 39.6 GB%
It wouldn’t be surprising if Kenta Maeda found himself in the bullpen sooner rather than later. He has not looked great this season whatsoever. He is averaging somewhere around 5 innings a start which doesn’t provide the length needed with a below-average bullpen to back him up. There really are no peripheral numbers that say Maeda is in for positive regression which is a little scary.
Any of the guys mentioned could find themselves on the opposite end of the stocks next week, let’s just hope they don’t!
Is there anyone you see on the verge of breaking out or anyone having poor plate appearances? Let us know.
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