For the Dodgers, Saturday’s 7-1 victory over the Rockies marked the exact halfway point of the 2020 Cactus League season. While some folks don’t put an overwhelming amount of importance on either individual or team performances during spring games, others still like to peek at the overall stats just to get an idea where the numbers are trending.
Before Sunday’s contest against the Rangers, the Dodgers were sitting with an 8-6-1 record. There have been impressive and poor numbers both offensively and pitching-wise so far, and there have also been a few surprises along the way.
Heading into Sunday’s game, one of the most popular topics of conversation was the bat of 25-year-old outfield prospect Cody Thomas. He was hitting just .278, but his four long balls and one triple have allowed him to produce a 1.318 OPS over his first 18 AB.
On Sunday, he belted his fifth homer of the spring to put him in front of all Cactus League players. He’s also the team leader in RBI with 10.
As far as batting average goes, Justin Turner is leading the way with a .429/.556/.714 slash line among all Los Angeles players with at least 10 AB. Following Turner in suit are a trio of youngsters—Cristian Santana at .368, Zach McKinstry at .364 and Zach Reks at .353.
Reks is tied with Tyler White for the team lead with three doubles, and McKinstry was leading the entire team with eight base hits before Sunday’s affair.
Super-utility man Enrique Hernandez trails Thomas by one in the RBI category. Enrique notched his ninth of the spring on Sunday.
On the pitching front, things have been very impressive for the majority of the staff. Prior to Sunday, youngsters Caleb Ferguson, Dennis Santana and Marshall Kasowski all made five relief appearances without allowing a run. What’s more, Ferguson has been perfect thus far over 4-1/3 innings of work while striking out three opposing batters.
Santana has allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out a whopping nine batters over an even five innings of work.
Newly acquired reliever Brusdar Graterol has thrown three full innings over three appearances and has given up just one hit with no earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts.
After a spotty first spring training start for the Dodgers, David Price had an impressive second outing to allow him to take over the team lead with 10 punchouts.
On Saturday against the Rockies, Price threw three hitless innings while giving up just one walk. He struck out seven.