May 2019: Dodgers Stay Hot

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This season has been a lot of fun so far due to a lot of surprises. The Twins are leading the NL Central, the Red Sox are still struggling, and Joey Gallo is hitting for average. But one thing that isn’t surprising is that the Dodgers have been dominant.

They rode Cody Bellinger’s dominance in the month of April, but everyone stepped up in May. In fact, for two weeks, Bellinger wasn’t hitting for power, but everyone else was. And as I look back at the month, there wasn’t a single game I didn’t expect the Dodgers to win.

From April 29, when the Dodgers started a series in San Francisco to June 2, when the Dodgers finished a sweep of the Phillies, the Dodgers went 22-8, a .733 winning percentage. Entering April 29, the Dodgers led the Arizona Diamondbacks by 2 games and after completing their game on June 2, the Dodgers their closest competitor, the San Diego Padres by 9 games.

A key to this impressive run is the Dodger pitching. Led by Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodger starters were fantastic. Ryu posted a 5-1 record with a 0.59 ERA. Yes, 0.59. Kenta Maeda went 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA.

The Dodgers also saw hitters such as David Freese (.383/.491/.745) get hot. Max Muncy also seems to have found himself again, hitting 7 homers and 20 RBIs in this time span.

Dodger fans also got to meet Will Smith, who made a fantastic impression. Filling in for an injured Austin Barnes, Smith collected 2 hits in his debut on May 28. Just a few days later, on June 1, Smith hit a walk-off homer for his first career longball.

Everything I’ve just described, from pitching, to hitting, to Will Smith, caused the Dodgers to have a great month. They won 7 series, lost only 1, and split 2. They had a two-game sweep and 3 three-game sweeps.

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