Fourteen days of glory

This is what it looks like when everyone is hitting. Enjoy it, because it rarely happens that the top of the lineup is in synch with the middle of the lineup, while still having the bottom of the lineup cleaning everything up.

Using Fangraphs once again for their fourteen-day splits:

I know it is just fourteen days, but have you ever seen a fourteen-day split table where every single hitter has a wRC+ > 100?

The long awaiting reawakening of Logan Forsythe has commenced.

Advanced:

Name Position PA HR wOBA wRC+ ISO
Yasmani Grandal S-C 40 3 0.341 113 0.231
Cody Bellinger S-1st 55 10 0.555 254 0.680
Logan Forsythe S-2nd 42 1 0.338 111 0.114
Corey Seager S-SS 57 4 0.500 218 0.362
Justin Turner S-3rd 44 3 0.513 226 0.270
Yasiel Puig S-RF 45 4 0.432 173 0.385
Joc Pederson S-CF 41 2 0.432 173 0.300
Chris Taylor S-LF 50 2 0.321 100 0.217
Chase Utley R-2nd 35 1 0.337 111 0.200
Austin Barnes R-C 15 0 0.362 127 0.071
Kiké Hernandez R-Utility 28 2 0.335 109 0.320
Franklin Gutierrez R-OF 11 0 0.365 129 0.000

Conventional:

Name Position PA HR R RBI OPS
Yasmani Grandal S-C 40 3 7 4 0.813
Cody Bellinger S-1st 55 10 14 18 1.420
Logan Forsythe S-2nd 42 1 4 4 0.752
Corey Seager S-SS 57 4 13 13 1.236
Justin Turner S-3rd 44 3 8 9 1.226
Yasiel Puig S-RF 45 4 10 9 1.070
Joc Pederson S-CF 41 2 9 5 1.030
Chris Taylor S-LF 50 2 9 8 0.757
Chase Utley R-2nd 35 1 5 5 0.776
Austin Barnes R-C 15 0 1 2 0.829
Kiké Hernandez R-Utility 28 2 4 2 0.806
Franklin Gutierrez R-OF 11 0 2 3 0.788

Dodger offense blowing like a Santa Ana

Dodger fans have seen Dodger hot streaks before but I’m not sure they have seen this kind of hot streak.  June started off with the normal June gloom but as the weather turned hot, so have the Dodger bats.

Fueled by the greatest collection of young talent since the Piazza/Mondesi/Karros days the Dodgers have been hitting home runs at a historic rate.

I’m going to use Fangraphs to show just how hot this team is right now because they give me a fourteen-day breakdown which is the perfect time frame for this historic hot streak.

Using some advanced metrics over the last fourteen days:

  • The Dodgers are first in ISO at .291
  • The Dodgers are first in wOBA at .401
  • The Dodgers are first in wRC+ at 153
  • The Dodgers are first in Offensive WAR
  • The Dodgers are even tied for second in Defensive WAR

In two words to describe how hot the Dodgers have been.

Holy Shit

Team ISO wOBA wRC+ Off Def WAR
Dodgers 0.291 0.401 153 34.2 5.6 5.5
Yankees 0.232 0.386 142 27.9 1.7 4.8
Rays 0.238 0.372 136 24 -0.9 4.1
Indians 0.228 0.378 136 22.8 -1.2 4
Diamondbacks 0.219 0.385 131 18.2 0.7 3.3
Cardinals 0.248 0.359 122 13.1 0.6 2.9
Astros 0.216 0.359 127 14.4 -3.2 2.8
Marlins 0.173 0.342 110 6.2 5.6 2.7
Nationals 0.197 0.332 102 2.9 6 2.6
Giants 0.17 0.326 103 3.8 4.8 2.5
Twins 0.176 0.332 105 4.7 1 2.4
White Sox 0.167 0.347 115 10.1 -3.5 2.4
Angels 0.157 0.327 107 5.2 1.4 2.4
Royals 0.209 0.334 105 1.7 4.6 2.3
Cubs 0.218 0.335 105 3.6 4.2 2.3
Pirates 0.157 0.334 107 4.6 1.6 2.2
Mets 0.202 0.327 103 1.5 2.3 2
Rangers 0.214 0.328 100 2 1.5 2
Mariners 0.14 0.321 103 -0.2 0.7 1.9
Padres 0.19 0.332 106 4.3 -1.8 1.8
Red Sox 0.154 0.326 98 -2.7 1.4 1.8
Brewers 0.205 0.325 92 -3.7 3.8 1.7
Reds 0.185 0.317 92 -4.4 5.9 1.7
Rockies 0.162 0.346 94 -4.9 3.8 1.5
Athletics 0.157 0.324 105 2.4 -6.6 1.3
Braves 0.147 0.314 90 -8.7 4 1.2
Blue Jays 0.177 0.329 102 0.3 -3.1 1.2
Tigers 0.157 0.321 98 -3.5 -2.6 1.1
Orioles 0.179 0.316 94 -5.6 -1.3 1.1
Phillies 0.097 0.272 64 -25.5 2.8 -0.6

How about conventional statistics?

  • They are first in home runs
  • They are first in runs scored
  • They are 2nd in RBI
  • They are tied for 2nd in OBP
  • They are first in slug
  • They are first in OPS

 

Team HR R RBI OBP SLG OPS
Dodgers 32 90 87 0.382 0.585 0.967
Yankees 27 88 88 0.383 0.534 0.917
Rays 27 83 82 0.352 0.536 0.888
Indians 22 85 82 0.375 0.525 0.900
Diamondbacks 18 78 77 0.382 0.534 0.916
Cardinals 27 77 73 0.341 0.518 0.859
Astros 21 65 63 0.350 0.500 0.850
Marlins 16 74 71 0.344 0.458 0.802
Nationals 22 77 76 0.324 0.473 0.797
Giants 14 59 58 0.329 0.441 0.770
Twins 21 71 68 0.335 0.442 0.777
White Sox 15 70 66 0.351 0.469 0.820
Angels 15 73 72 0.331 0.430 0.761
Royals 22 69 66 0.318 0.478 0.796
Cubs 22 59 56 0.329 0.464 0.793
Pirates 12 59 55 0.349 0.428 0.777
Mets 23 58 55 0.321 0.453 0.774
Rangers 22 68 65 0.317 0.455 0.772
Mariners 14 69 65 0.332 0.417 0.749
Padres 21 55 55 0.331 0.442 0.773
Red Sox 14 60 58 0.340 0.426 0.766
Brewers 23 58 56 0.316 0.454 0.770
Reds 17 50 47 0.311 0.435 0.746
Rockies 13 73 70 0.352 0.462 0.814
Athletics 12 57 55 0.335 0.419 0.754
Braves 15 68 67 0.323 0.418 0.741
Blue Jays 15 46 45 0.332 0.432 0.764
Tigers 15 57 51 0.321 0.429 0.750
Orioles 19 61 59 0.306 0.435 0.741
Phillies 6 36 34 0.292 0.332 0.624

LAD Single Season HR Leaders

With Cody Bellinger well on his way to leading the 2017 team in home runs, I thought it would be a good time to look at every single LAD single-season home run leader.

Several LAD have led their team in home runs four times. Frank Howard, Ron Cey, and Pedro Guerrero, but only Mike Piazza has done it five times.

Billy Grabarkewitz was the closest thing to a shortstop leading the team but many of 1970 appearances came as 3rd baseman.

Charlie Neal, Davey Lopes, and Jeff Kent are the only 2nd baseman to do the trick.

John Roseboro was joined by Yazmani Grandal last year as the only catchers to lead the team in home runs.

The best bar bet in Los Angeles for forty years was Len Gabrielson leading the team in 1968 with only 10 home runs.

HOF on this list includes Frank Robinson, Mike Piazza, and future HOF Adrian Beltre.

Homegrown LAD leaders were Frank Howard, Jim Lefebvre, Billy Grabarkewitz, Al Ferrera, Willie Davis, Joe Ferguson, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Mike Marshall, Franklin Stubbs, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Adrian Beltre, Matt Kemp, and Cody Bellinger.

You could include Pedro Guerrero who was only 17 when the Dodgers acquired him from the Indians.

Between 2008 and 2015 the only Dodgers to lead the team in home runs were Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Adrian Gonzalez.

Between 1992 – 2000 the only Dodgers to lead the team in home runs were Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Raul Mondesi, and Gary Sheffield

Between 1965 – 1970 only one Dodger hit at least 20 home runs and that was Jim Lefebvre in 1966.

No Dodger has hit at least 30 home runs since Matt Kemp in 2011. I expect that will change this year.

Player HR Year Age PA OPS
Charlie Neal 22 1958 27 549 0.779
Gil Hodges 22 1958 34 532 0.764
Gil Hodges 25 1959 35 480 0.880
Frank Howard 23 1960 23 487 0.784
John Roseboro 18 1961 28 462 0.805
Frank Howard 31 1962 25 538 0.906
Frank Howard 28 1963 26 459 0.848
Frank Howard 24 1964 27 492 0.735
Jim Lefebvre 12 1965 23 631 0.706
Lou Johnson 12 1965 30 518 0.706
Jim Lefebvre 24 1966 24 610 0.793
Al Ferrara 16 1967 27 384 0.812
Len Gabrielson 10 1968 28 343 0.765
Andy Kosko 19 1969 27 453 0.704
Billy Grabarkewitz 17 1970 24 640 0.852
Dick Allen 23 1971 29 649 0.863
Frank Robinson 19 1972 36 405 0.795
Willie Davis 19 1972 32 654 0.758
Joe Ferguson 25 1973 26 585 0.839
Jim Wynn 32 1974 32 656 0.884
Ron Cey 25 1975 27 662 0.845
Ron Cey 23 1976 28 600 0.848
Steve Garvey 33 1977 28 696 0.834
Reggie Smith 29 1978 33 531 0.942
Davey Lopes 28 1979 34 692 0.836
Steve Garvey 28 1979 30 697 0.848
Ron Cey 28 1979 31 579 0.888
Dusty Baker 29 1980 31 638 0.842
Ron Cey 13 1981 33 359 0.846
Pedro Guerrero 32 1982 26 652 0.914
Pedro Guerrero 32 1983 27 664 0.904
Mike Marshall 21 1984 24 541 0.753
Pedro Guerrero 33 1985 29 581 0.999
Franklin Stubbs 23 1986 25 465 0.712
Pedro Guerrero 27 1987 31 630 0.955
Kirk Gibson 25 1988 31 632 0.860
Eddie Murray 20 1989 33 690 0.743
Kal Daniels 27 1990 26 526 0.920
Darryl Strawberry 28 1991 29 588 0.852
Eric Karros 20 1992 24 589 0.730
Mike Piazza 35 1993 24 602 0.932
Mike Piazza 24 1994 25 441 0.910
Mike Piazza 32 1995 26 475 1.006
Mike Piazza 36 1996 27 631 0.985
Mike Piazza 40 1997 28 633 1.070
Raul Mondesi 30 1998 27 617 0.813
Gary Sheffield 34 1999 30 663 0.930
Eric Karros 34 1999 31 639 0.912
Gary Sheffield 43 2000 31 612 1.081
Shawn Green 49 2001 28 701 0.970
Shawn Green 42 2002 29 685 0.944
Adrian Beltre 23 2003 24 608 0.714
Adrian Beltre 48 2004 25 657 1.017
Jeff Kent 29 2005 37 637 0.889
Nomar Garciaparra 20 2006 32 523 0.872
J.D. Drew 20 2006 30 594 0.891
Jeff Kent 20 2007 39 562 0.875
Andre Ethier 20 2008 26 596 0.885
Andre Ethier 31 2009 27 685 0.869
Matt Kemp 28 2010 25 668 0.760
Matt Kemp 39 2011 26 689 0.986
Matt Kemp 23 2012 27 449 0.906
Adrian Gonzalez 22 2013 31 641 0.803
Adrian Gonzalez 27 2014 32 660 0.817
Adrian Gonzalez 28 2015 33 643 0.830
Justin Turner 27 2016 31 622 0.832
Yasmani Grandal 27 2016 27 457 0.816
Cody Bellinger 22 2017 21 219 1.011

Dennis Santana opens eyes in California League All-Star game

According to Kyle Glaser of Baseball America, Dennis Santana opened some eyes with his one inning of work in the California League All-Star game.

• Rancho Cucamonga righthander Dennis Santana opened eyes, sitting in the mid-90s with his sinker and flashing a devastating low-80s slider and mid-80s changeup. The Dodgers prospect struck out two in a scoreless fourth inning, including Giants No. 4 prospect Reynolds.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/braden-bishop-steals-show-california-league-star-game/#ZhGzKt0AeABcjpxQ.99

Other Dodger prospect performances.

  • Luke Raley started in LF and went 0 – 2.
  • DJ Peters replaced Raley and collected a single hit in two at-bats.
  • Will Smith started at catcher and collected a single in two at-bats.
  • Isabel pinch hit, stayed at 1st and collected one walk in two at-bats

Box Score

 

Dustin May / Brendon Davis shine in MWL All-Star game

Dustin May got the start for the East in the MWL All-Star game and pitched one scoreless inning.

Brendon Davis made the most of his one at-bat in the MWL All-Star game, crushing a home run to CF as a pinch hitter.  Alexis Brudnicki of Baseball America said it was the longest home run of the year for Davis.

On the East side, Loons infielder Brendon Davis carried his home run power from the derby and launched his longest one of the year to dead center in the ninth in the losing cause.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/monte-harrison-swats-homers-swaps-jerseys/#s8moC6jC4jt6MTg2.99

Keibert Ruiz went one for two as all three Loons contributed even though the East lost to the West 5 – 2.

This was quite the baseball family affair for the East squad. Bo Bichette the son of Rockie great Dante was the starting SS. He was replaced by Fernando Tatis Junior. Vlad Guerrero Junior was the 3rd baseman.  Bo is nothing like his father while Vlad Guerrero Junior seems to be just like his father.

Here is the box score

 

 

 

 

 

LAD Team Home Run Leaders, 25 or younger

Youth is being served on the 2017 LAD team.

As Corey Seager rounded 3rd base after hitting his 3rd home run I couldn’t help but marvel at the power being displayed by the youngest players on the team.

The four top home run hitters on the team are Bellinger (21), Seager (23),  Puig (26), and Taylor(26).

Which got me to thinking, how many times has a LAD twenty-five or younger led his team in home runs?

The answer lies below:

Jim Lefebvre tied for the team lead in 1965 with twelve and Lou Johnson.   That team won the World Championship with two players leading their team in home runs with a measly 12. Willie Mays hit 52 that year. It was not 1968 the year of the pitcher.

The only surprise to me on this list is that Franklin Stubbs once led the team in home runs.

One HOF on this list in Mike Piazza, and one future HOF on the list in Adrian Beltre.

Player HR Year Age PA OPS
Frank Howard 23 1960 23 487 0.784
Frank Howard 31 1962 25 538 0.906
Jim Lefebvre 12 1965 23 631 0.706
Jim Lefebvre 24 1966 24 610 0.793
Billy Grabarkewitz 17 1970 24 640 0.852
Mike Marshall 21 1984 24 541 0.753
Franklin Stubbs 23 1986 25 465 0.712
Eric Karros 20 1992 24 589 0.730
Mike Piazza 35 1993 24 602 0.932
Mike Piazza 24 1994 25 441 0.910
Adrian Beltre 48 2004 25 657 1.017
Matt Kemp 28 2010 25 668 0.760
Cody Bellinger 22 2017 21 219 1.011

Chasing Piazza and Green thru June 20th

Crazy times.  At this point in 1993, Mike Piazza had only 14 of his 35 record home runs. Given the rate that Cody Bellinger is hitting home runs, I felt we should start tracking the all-time LAD home run record set by Shawn Green when he hit 49 home runs in 2001.

Bellinger has now fallen below the historical marker of a home run every 10 plate appearances.  As you can tell from his home run rate below he’s blowing away the greatest LAD rookie home run hitters in history and even though he missed all of April is ahead of the Shawn Green pace.  Green would hit 10 home runs in July and 12 more in August so Bellinger has his work cut out for him.

Oh, I guess I should add the all-time Rookie home run mark of 49 by Mark McGwire to this list. If he’s chasing Shawn Green, he is certainly chasing Mark McGwire.

Next home run

Player Year PA HR HR/PA Total HR Thru June 20th Total
Mike Piazza 1993 401 22 18.23 14 35
Joc Pederson 2015 458 22 20.82 18 26
Corey Seager 2016 522 22 23.73 15 26
Shawn Green 2001 396 22 18.00 17 49
Cody Bellinger 2017 219 22 9.95 22 ???

If this confusing here is a quick legend.

PA – this is the number of plate appearances it took for each player to reach 22 home runs. We used 22 home runs because that is where Bellinger is right now. This would be within 4 PA of accuracy as I didn’t check the game log for the specific plate appearance they hit the home run.

HR – This is a marker showing you 22 home runs.

HR/PA – this is the home runs per plate appearance pace when they each hit their 22nd home run.

Total HR by June 20th – self-explanatory but it includes games of June 20th

Total – season home run total

Did the Dodgers snag George Springer for nothing?

Jeff Sullivan did an exhaustive look at the stats of Chris Taylor for Fangraphs on Tuesday.  Joe Davis mentioned the story last night either before or after Chris Taylor crushed a home run to deep left field.  Joe mentioned that the writer came to the conclusion that the hitter that most Chris Taylor most resembles is George Springer.

For the new Chris Taylor, at the plate, easily the closest comp has been recent George Springer. They’re close up there in all four categories, and while Springer has shown the slightly better peak strength, Taylor has made more consistent contact. So, when you wonder how Taylor’s wRC+ might regress, you might decide to be strongly anchored to Springer’s 130. Perhaps that’s still too high, I don’t know, but Taylor has been showing legitimate offensive skills, and his defensive versatility is an obvious plus. Pitchers will have time to try to figure this out, but Taylor hasn’t given an inch.

That would be insane.  He may be right.

 

Chris Taylor trying to catch Davey Lopes

While Cody Bellinger is hitting home runs, Chris Taylor is running wild. In the month of June, Chris Taylor has seven stolen bases while being caught………..never.

Davey Lopes holds the record of ten stolen bases with zero caught stealing. That was expected because Davey rarely got caught stealing. That is why Maury Wills would never make a list like this.

What was shocking. Matt Kemp. What was more shocking. Franklin Stubbs. Are you kidding me?

Hey look, manager Dave Roberts made the cut off of six stolen bases without being caught.

This is a tough list to make because once you get caught, you gone.

Player            Split Year SB  PA  R  H HR RBI CS BB   OPS
Davey Lopes        June 1978 10 119 21 33  5  13  0 14  .923
Matt Kemp          June 2011  8 108 18 33  9  23  0 17 1.268
Eric Davis         June 1992  7  47  2  9  0   5  0  4  .509
Chris Taylor       June 2017  7  67 12 17  3  13  0  5  .844
Franklin Stubbs    June 1988  6  73  9 12  2   7  0  7  .617
Raul Mondesi       June 1995  6 109 20 36  4  13  0  7  .959
Dave Roberts       June 2004  6  78 14 24  1   8  0  5  .892

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I only left the run column on because of Eric Davis. He only scored two runs in the month. It was like he was A. J. Ellis.

Mike Kekich rears his strange head

Sandy Koufax has the best game score against the NYM at Dodger Stadium, courtesy of his no-hitter in 1962. It was far from a perfect game since Sandy walked five. It was also against one of the worst teams in baseball history, the newly formed NYM in 1962.

The game that catches my eye though, is the game by Mike Kekich. Mike Kekich was basically known for one thing and it wasn’t pitching. Kekich was involved in one of the stranger non baseball related activities when he and fellow Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson switched wives.

Mike Kekich Notes:

  • Kekich was a 23-year-old rookie for the Dodgers in 1968 and would be traded to the NYY on Dec 4th, 1968 for outfielder Andy Kosco.
  • The game that shows up on this leaderboard was the greatest game of his career.
  • It was his only major league shutout.
  • It was the only time he struck out over ten hitters.
  • It was the only time he had a game score greater than 90. He did have two other game scores over 80 in 1971.
  • Kekich would pitch 860 major league innings, make 112 major league starts, and still end his career with an ERA+ of only 73. It would seem he was a bad pitcher for a long time.

This might be the most game scores over 80 against any one franchise at Dodger Stadium.
Pete Richart also made the list. I wish I had not stumbled upon Mike Kekich cause I would have loved to have written about Pete Richart.  If you are read our comments you will find this tidbit by El Camino Gary:

I remember this game so vividly. On April 12, 1962 I was one month shy of my tenth birthday.
I was sitting in the kitchen listening to the radio by the stove and keeping score, with help from Vin.
My parents and sister had gone across the street to visit neighbors.
I was in the house alone, the only light on in the house was the bulb on the fan hood over the stove, shining on the score sheet of my program from a recent visit to Dodger Stadium.

From the outset of the broadcast, Vin was excited that Richert was now with the team and was ready to see him perform.

Williams faltered early and Richert was brought into the game.
Richert struck out the first batter he faced, Vada Pinson, to end the second inning.
In the third, Richert struck out four batters. Frank Robinson, Gordy Coleman, Wally Post, and John Edwards. John Roseboro had the third strike on Coleman get by him and Coleman made it to 1B.
Then Richert struck out Tommy Harper for the first out of the fourth inning.
Richert got the first twelve batters he faced out, a record for a rookie debut at the time.
Richert earned the win in this game.
Vin was excited! So I thought that the next great pitcher had arrived!

Of course, Richert is part of one of your favorite trades.
Richert, FRANK HOWARD, Ken McMullen, Dick Nen, and Phil Ortega for
Claude OSteen, John Kennedy, and $100,000

Richert played on four World Series teams. One with the Dodgers and three with the Orioles.

Player                         Date Opp  Rslt   IP H ER BB SO GSc
Sandy Koufax             1962-06-30 NYM W 5-0  9.0 0  0  5 13  95
 Mike Kekich           1968-08-04(2) NYM W 2-0  9.0 1  0  2 11  94
Clayton Kershaw          2016-05-12 NYM W 5-0  9.0 3  0  1 13  93
Don Sutton               1970-07-17 NYM W 1-0 10.0 5  0  3 12  91
Sandy Koufax          1965-06-20(1) NYM W 2-1  9.0 1  1  2 12  91
Fernando Valenzuela      1985-09-06 NYM L 0-2 11.0 6  0  3  5  87
Bill Singer              1968-08-03 NYM W 8-0  9.0 3  0  4 10  87
Sandy Koufax             1966-05-28 NYM W 7-1  9.0 3  0  2 10  87
Sandy Koufax          1963-05-19(1) NYM W 1-0  9.0 2  0  1  5  87
Burt Hooton              1977-05-03 NYM W 4-1  9.0 4  0  2 11  86
Don Sutton               1968-06-10 NYM L 0-1 10.0 5  1  3 10  85
Don Drysdale             1968-04-13 NYM W 1-0  9.0 4  0  1  7  85
Claude Osteen            1966-05-27 NYM W 4-0  9.0 3  0  2  6  85
Sandy Koufax             1965-04-22 NYM W 2-1  9.0 4  0  1  9  85
 Pete Richert             1964-09-12 NYM W 8-0  9.0 2  0  3  5  85
Don Drysdale             1962-07-01 NYM W 5-1  9.0 5  1  1 13  85
Andy Messersmith         1974-05-01 NYM W 2-1 11.0 6  1  2  5  84
Claude Osteen            1971-08-17 NYM W 4-0  9.0 3  0  2  5  84
Chan Ho Park             2000-08-19 NYM W 4-1  9.0 4  1  2 10  83
Hideo Nomo               1995-08-31 NYM W 6-5  7.1 2  0  2 11  83
Andy Messersmith         1975-08-30 NYM W 7-0  9.0 5  0  3  8  82
Don Drysdale          1966-07-24(1) NYM W 5-0  9.0 6  0  3 10  82
Burt Hooton              1980-09-03 NYM W 2-0  8.1 4  0  2  8  81
Claude Osteen            1973-08-09 NYM W 1-0  9.0 4  0  1  3  81
Claude Osteen            1965-06-21 NYM L 0-1  9.0 2  1  3  5  81
Don Drysdale             1962-05-23 NYM W 3-1  9.0 4  1  1  7  81
Tommy John               1972-07-18 NYM W 2-1  9.0 5  0  0  5  80
Claude Osteen            1967-09-28 NYM W 3-0  9.0 5  0  0  3  80

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