By Jon Weisman
The Dodger offense has been sensational over the past several weeks, and part of the reason for this post, believe it or not, is to remind people (OK, me) that they can’t stay this hot forever.
Right now, the Dodgers have an .814 OPS since the All-Star Break, which is 30 points higher than the Los Angeles record for second-half OPS of .784 by the 2008 Dodgers. In franchise history, only the 1953 Dodgers have had a higher OPS after the All-Star Game.
Since the All-Star Break, the lineup has been nearly flawless:
- Joc Pederson: .422 OBP, .623 slugging, .439 wOBA
- Justin Turner: .371 OBP, .670 slugging, .434 wOBA
- Yasmani Grandal: .412 OBP, .600 slugging, .426 wOBA
- Howie Kendrick: .400 OBP, .550 slugging, .405 wOBA
- Corey Swagger: .378 OBP, .558 slugging, .398 wOBA
- Adrián González: .371 OBP, .514 slugging, .374 wOBA
- Chase Utley: .262 OBP, .433 slugging, .296 wOBA
- Josh Reddick: .228 OBP, .189 slugging, .193 wOBA (with Los Angeles)
2016 Dodgers OPS by month:
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 18, 2016
Reddick, it probably doesn’t need to be said, has the lowest batting average on balls in play (.205), compared with .407 for Kendrick. He has no homers as a Dodger, but it doesn’t seem like a game goes by when he doesn’t hit a ball hard for an out.
Baseball Savant shows how hard the ball is coming off his bat this year in each part of the zone.