Dodgers Roster: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not Heading into Final Month of Regular Season

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From a timing perspective, it’s very odd seeing the MLB trade deadline pass with only one-third of the regular season remaining to be played. As it stands, the Dodgers are in fantastic standing statistically heading into the final month of the 2020 campaign. Nevertheless, we all know how meaningless numbers can be, especially once the postseason hits full stride in October.

Right now, the Dodgers are in first place in the NL West with an even five-game lead over the Padres, who were by far the most aggressive club at the deadline. Los Angeles is the only team in the majors with a winning percentage over .700, and the team’s +93 run differential is far and away the best in the bigs, with the next closest being a +48 mark by the Indians.

As far as offensive production goes, the Dodgers as a team have drifted down to second place in runs scored with 210. Before the start of Wednesday’s games, the Padres are leading the majors with 211. Los Angeles is fourth in the majors with a collective .805 OPS, trailing the White Sox, Phillies, and —you guessed it—the Padres.

It’s also worth noting that the Dodgers have two players with double digit homers—Mookie Betts (11) and Cody Bellinger (10)—with Max Muncy and Corey Seager not far behind at nine apiece. Betts’ 11 bombs are tied for second in the NL, trailing the 13 blasts of Fernando Tatis, Jr.

One of the more interesting stats I dug up was that the team’s combined .682 OPS against lefty pitching is 20th in the majors, while its .856 OPS against righty pitching is the MLB’s best by a full 20 points.

Pitching wise, the Dodgers lead the majors with an overall 2.77 ERA and are second to the Indians with a combined 1.06 WHIP. Los Angeles starters have combined for a 3.33 ERA, which is third in all the majors. The starters’ 1.13 WHIP is also good enough for third, while the .224 BAA is tied for fourth in the majors with the Astros.

Regarding the bullpen, the collective ERA has fallen to 2.11, second in the majors to the Athletics. The relief crew’s 0.99 WHIP and .191 BAA are both best in the MLB.

Among all the Los Angeles regular players, Seager is the only player hitting over .300 with a .311 mark. Betts is second at .282, with Justin Turner, who was placed on the 10-day IL Tuesday, third at .282. Only five regular contributors (Seager, Betts, Turner, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor) are hitting over .250.

These numbers give testament as to how much power has been critical to the team’s offensive output. The club’s 57 long balls lead all of baseball with the Padres in second at 49.

Looking at personal streaks, Bellinger has hit .341 with a monstrous .854 slugging percentage alongside six homers and three doubles over his last 48 plate appearances. Over his last 13 games and 58 PA, Seager has slashed .345/.379/673 with three doubles and five bombs.

Conversely, over his last 30 PA, utility man Enrique Hernandez has gone just 4-for-29.

With just an even 30.0 innings pitched, Clayton Kershaw does not qualify for the league leaders, but his 1.80 ERA far and away leads all Los Angeles starters, unless Tony Gonsolin is figured into the mix, who has posted a 0.51 ERA over four starts and 17-2/3 frames.

In the bullpen, five pitchers have season ERAs under 2.00—Adam Kolarek, Dylan Floro, Caleb Ferguson, Kenley Jansen and Blake Treinen.

Righty reliever Joe Kelly, who was placed on the IL on August 10, has not allowed an earned run despite surrendering five walks and five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

7 thoughts on “Dodgers Roster: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not Heading into Final Month of Regular Season

  1. I think no one probably wanted him, but AF should have traded Joc at the deadline. Kike has not done anything to make me think that he is going to help this team in the playoffs, and unless he suddenly regains his stroke against lefty’s, I would simply use him as a defensive replacement because his bat is made of balsa wood. I think AF made a HUGE mistake standing pat. The team could have really used a experienced starter to bolster what they have. They have not fared well against premier pitching, and what they are going to see in the playoffs is going to be a lot better than what they have faced so far. There are a lot more like Zack Gallen and less like John Grey when it comes to playoff teams. Unless they get a whole lot better in getting those early runs in, they are going to give the entire fan base cardiac arrest waiting until the last innings to come from behind. They never had a chance last night to score early Gallen made mincemeat of that lineup. And As Davis noted on the telecast last night, they were only 4-4 in one run games going into last nights contest. Now they are 5-4. They do not have the best offense in the league anymore. They are good, but the Padres right now are better. The Dodgers beat up bad pitching and kill most bullpens, but playoff teams are a different animal. They had better be hitting on all cylinders come playoff time, because it is going to be a lot harder than what they have faced so far.

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  2. Joc and Kike are both streaky. I’m guessing that one or both of them will show up in the playoffs and we’ll be glad we didn’t get rid of them for nothing, which is what they would have brought at the deadline.

    Gallen is one of the better pitchers in baseball at this point and probably 80% of baseball fans have still never heard of him. Now there’s a guy I’d like to trade for.

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  3. I doubt either of them gets any better than they are right now. What they did in prior years has no bearing on this season. I believe both of them should have been traded over the winter. I know Joc was, but AF should have tried again with someone else.

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      1. Today? Not much. But the playoffs are still a month away.
        If they’re still playing like this at the end of September, you keep Kike on the roster for defense and you don’t include Joc at all.

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      2. Welcome back, man. I can certainly see Enrique helping defensively, but Joc pushes himself out of the picture more and more each game. That HR last night gave him a lifeline. If both end up hitting below .200, they’re gonna have a tough time finding decent contracts this year.

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