Grandal has a historic July
Yazmani Grandal put up a July OPS of 1.215 becoming only one of six Dodgers to ever have a July OPS higher than 1.200 with at least 80 plate appearances. None of them were catchers, no Mike Piazza or Campy Campanella.
Player Split Year PA HR RBI OPS TB Duke Snider July 1955 126 11 30 1.217 75 Jeff Kent July 2007 86 5 20 1.237 56 Frank Howard July 1962 108 12 41 1.282 83 Babe Herman July 1929 134 6 24 1.283 92 Pedro Guerrero July 1985 80 4 13 1.356 50 Pedro Guerrero July 1987 102 6 16 1.203 56 Yasmani Grandal July 2018 82 6 14 1.215 48
July was an interesting month for the Dodgers. We already saw what Grandal did, and the next four highest wRC+ hitters in July were part-time Dodgers in July. Alex Verdugo who was mostly in AAA, Puig who was mostly on the DL, and Manny Machado who was mostly an Oriole, followed by Chase Utley who was mostly on the bench.
Max Muncy ended July with a decent wRC+ but hasn’t hit a lick in two weeks. Same can be said for Matt Kemp. Joc Pederson had a nice July to go with his great June. Chris Taylor had a bizarre July. Chris drove in a team-high 20 runs but struck out 35% of the time, and his walk rate crashed to 5%. Justin Turner was probably the worse three hitter in baseball in July before going back on the DL. Cody Bellinger wasn’t able to build on his June and struggled most of the month of July.
If you felt that Logan Forsythe was striking out half the time he was up, you were almost correct. 38% is close enough to 50% for that line of thinking to be validated. Hopefully, Logan can get squared away with the Twins but has been two years of futility for the one-time stud second baseman for the Rays.
Looking at the numbers, Kiké was bad in July. No other way to spin it unless you look at his BABIP which was a team low of .129. That has to correct itself.
The Dodgers will head into August with a brand new double-play combination in Brian Dozier and Manny Machado once Justin Turner comes off the DL. Where that leaves Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Chris Taylor for two spots is anyone’s guess.
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