Evidently, there are worse things than not being able to hit LH pitching. Many of us on this blog were growing weary of Joc’s two steps back after his one step forward. Well, last night, Joc hit his 22nd and 23rd HR, as the Dodgers leadoff hitter and is currently OPS’ing .843. So that we don’t forget, here is how most baseball people rank OPS:
Currently, this is the OPS leader board for the Dodgers:
- Freese – 1.244 (only 18 AB’s)
- Muncy – .965
- Turner – .954
- Pederson – .843
- Puig – .833
- Bellinger – .816
- Machado – .810
- Kemp – .801
- Grandal – .767
- Taylor – .766
- Hernandez – .766
Joc is poised to put up career numbers in HomeRuns this year, and in 415 plate appearances, he has only struck out 74 times. He is walking less as well. It appears that he is looking for a pitch to hit, instead of looking to take a walk like he did earlier in his career (Chris Taylor take note!). In his first year, he walked 15.7% of the time. In his second year, it was 13.2% and this year it is just 8.9%. Conversely, his strikeouts have dropped over that same time from 29% to 27 % to 17.8% this year. He only has 55 plate appearances against LHP and he still can’t hit them (.173 BA/.200 OB%/.508 OPS), but since there are a lot more RHP, he has shown that LF belongs to him against righties. For those who wonder why Matt Kemp isn’t playing against RHP, see above. You have no argument!
Joc has exceeded my expectations and I am happy to eat crow and say I was wrong. Bums is serving it up well done as we speak!
Rants & Raves
- The Dodgers could sure do worse than have Kike Hernandez as the starting 2B. He actually has more AB’s against RHP than LHP.
- Ryu was exceptional last night in a very big game. No doubt he belongs in the rotation.
- Is this just an adjustment for Alex Wood or is he genuinely upset at going to the pen? Or is he hurt? Alex is a good guy, but this will be interesting…
- Doc wasted no time in getting Axford, Garcia and Cingrani back into action.
- A gem by Kershaw tonight might just kill the Rox. The D-Bags are on life support as the cream rises to the top.
- The Dodgers hitters now lead the league by 16 in runs scored and have given up the fewest runs by 15. Maybe this is where the run differential evens out.
- That Dave Roberts sure is a smart guy!
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