Dodgers 2018 July Pitching Breakdown

July is in the books and a familiar face led the Dodgers staff in fWAR for the first time this year.  In a normal Dodger year, Clayton Kershaw would lead the Dodgers in fWAR about five out of six months but it took until July for Clayton to take his accustomed spot at the top of the Dodger monthly fWAR leaderboard.

Only six pitchers made starts in July as everyone returned to health and all of them were a plus which is a good reason why the Dodgers did not bother to acquire another starter at the deadline.

The numbers below come from the Fangraphs Dodger Pitching Splits for July:

Starters WAR ERA GS IP K/9 BB/9
Clayton Kershaw 0.8 2 5 32.1 7.79 1.39
Alex Wood 0.4 3 5 29.2 6.67 3.34
Ross Stripling 0.2 5 5 26.2 10.13 1.01
Rich Hill 0.7 2 4 26 10.73 3.12
Kenta Maeda 0.5 4 4 23.1 11.57 2.31
Walker Buehler 0.1 4 3 16.2 9.18 1.08
Relievers WAR ERA Games IP K/9 BB/9 GB%
Scott Alexander 0.6 1 13 12.1 10.22 2.19 73.10%
Kenley Jansen 0.3 2 12 13.1 13.5 2.7 35.70%
Erik Goeddel 0.2 0 7 8.2 11.42 4.15 58.80%
Caleb Ferguson 0.2 1 7 15 10.8 0.6 56.80%
J.T. Chargois 0.2 1 9 7.2 11.74 0 68.80%
Dylan Floro 0.1 3 7 8.2 10.38 2.08 50.00%
Pedro Baez 0.1 6 3 3 12 3 22.20%
Daniel Hudson -0.3 6 12 9.2 8.38 1.86 32.10%

The bullpen was lead by Scott Alexander but everyone except Daniel Hudson pitched well.  Caleb Ferguson and J.T. Chargois were both exceptional. Chargois returned from AAA on fire and did not walk a batter in nine appearances covering twenty-three outs.

With Ferguson and Alexander the two lone lefties the Dodgers can count on right now, adding a pitcher like John Axford who has held lefties to a .555 OPS.  It will be interesting to see if Dave Roberts uses him as the splits suggest he should.

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