Dodgers: Grading the starting pitchers for June

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Pitcher Brandon McCarthy
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Pitcher Brandon McCarthy /
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LOS ANGELES, CA. – JUNE 27: Kenta Maeda /

A-. . . . Kenta Maeda

*written before his start against the Padres

Maeda had by far the best month of his season so far. After getting off to a terrible start in April, he has picked it up considerably since. He followed up a decent May with a great June, posting a 1.71 ERA in five games (three starts).

He had arguably the best start of his Dodger career in his last outing of the month, going seven scoreless innings in a win over the Angels on June 27. It was the first time in his MLB career he has gone at least seven innings without allowing a run.

Maeda had a lower OBA .162 and WHIP of 0.76 than even Kershaw this past month. It looked like Maeda was trusting his stuff again and feeling a lot more confident on the mound.

If Maeda continues this upward trend, he could return to good favor with Dave Roberts and regain his spot as a full-time starter in the rotation.