Ross, Walker, Kenta, and KJ lift the heavy load in May

The Dodgers were one game into May when they lost Clayton Kershaw for the whole month except for one start on May 31st. They lost Ryu two games into May. Later they lost Rich Hill.   Kenley Jansen came into May staggering but left swaggering. With 3/5 of the starting rotation on the disabled list for most of the month of May, the Dodgers turned to wonderkid Walker Buehler and bullpen piece Ross Stripling who both pitched so well that nobody was missed.

Walker and Ross were not only plugs in the rotation dike, they put up some of the best numbers of any starting pitcher in the month of May across all of the National League.

Ross is not doing it with mirrors. Look at the ground ball percentage, the FIP, the xFIP, the K/9 rate, the BB/9 rate. This is elite pitching and sure it is only 29 innings but the underlying skills support the success.

Walker Buehler has done everything you want your top pitching prospect to do, and more.  He may not have been ready last Sept for his audition for the postseason, but he is doing everything he can to keep the Dodgers in contention for this postseason.

Rank Name WAR IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP
1 Max Scherzer 1.6 40.2 13.94 2.21 30.10% 2.21 2.19 2.42
2 Aaron Nola 1.5 40 10.35 1.8 53.20% 1.8 2.07 2.35
3 Ross Stripling 1.4 29 12.41 1.24 54.40% 1.24 1.23 1.73
4 Walker Buehler 1 31 10.74 1.45 50.00% 2.32 2.15 2.36
5 Jon Gray 1 32.1 11.41 2.78 55.30% 5.57 2.81 2.76
6 Sean Newcomb 1 35 7.71 4.11 51.60% 1.54 2.78 4.21
7 Miles Mikolas 0.9 33.1 6.48 1.35 50.00% 1.89 2.61 3.34
10 Jake Arrieta 0.8 30 6 2.7 52.30% 0.9 3.12 4.04
12 Stephen Strasburg 0.8 32.1 11.13 2.51 44.90% 2.51 2.87 3.02
15 Noah Syndergaard 0.7 30 9 2.4 50.00% 3.3 3.09 3.52
19 Zack Greinke 0.5 30.2 8.8 1.76 41.70% 2.64 3.87 3.6
29 Jon Lester 0.3 30 8.1 2.7 31.60% 2.7 4.06 4.15
35 Jose Quintana 0.1 32 9.56 4.78 43.00% 3.09 4.62 4.26

Here are the Dodger numbers for the month of May courtesy of Fangraphs:

One stat that stands out is the ground ball rate of Scott Alexander at 83%. The return of Alexander gave a much-needed boost to the bullpen.

Alex Wood was overshadowed by the work of Ross, Walker, and Kenta but he held his own making five starts and putting up decent numbers.

Name WAR G GS IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP
Ross Stripling 1.5 6 5 30 12.3 1.2 55.70% 1.2 1.22 1.71
Walker Buehler 1 5 5 31 10.74 1.45 50.00% 2.32 2.15 2.36
Kenta Maeda 0.6 5 5 26 11.77 2.77 32.30% 3.46 2.93 2.92
Kenley Jansen 0.6 14 0 15 9.6 1.2 38.90% 0.6 1.39 3.01
Alex Wood 0.2 5 5 27.1 9.22 2.3 40.50% 3.29 4.22 3.26
Tony Cingrani 0.2 11 0 10.1 13.06 2.61 42.90% 4.35 2.64 2.94
Pedro Baez 0.2 13 0 13.2 11.85 3.95 34.30% 2.63 2.98 3.68
Scott Alexander 0.1 9 0 8.2 6.23 3.12 83.30% 1.04 3.12 3.68
Clayton Kershaw 0.1 2 2 11 9 1.64 38.70% 2.45 4.03 3.28
Daniel Hudson 0.1 10 0 13.1 6.08 4.05 40.50% 4.05 4.1 4.94
Yimi Garcia 0.1 7 0 7.2 8.22 1.17 29.20% 4.7 3.77 4.4
Adam Liberatore 0 6 0 3 12 6 44.40% 9 2.46 4.07
Hyun-Jin Ryu 0 1 1 1.1 13.5 6.75 66.70% 0 2.37 2.37
Erik Goeddel 0 6 0 5.2 9.53 7.94 46.20% 0 3.65 5.65
Pat Venditte 0 4 0 3.2 9.82 0 38.50% 7.36 5.3 3.52
Edward Paredes 0 1 0 0.2 0 0 0.00% 0 7.62 10.05
Josh Fields -0.1 13 0 13.1 6.08 2.7 35.10% 2.7 4.62 4.49
Brock Stewart -0.1 4 2 12 6 3.75 42.10% 4.5 5.46 5.04
J.T. Chargois -0.1 8 0 6.2 12.15 9.45 52.60% 9.45 5.52 4.78
Rich Hill -0.4 3 3 9.2 8.38 5.59 38.70% 6.52 8.5 5.63

 

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