In our final installment of the Dodger Way team grades, I’ll be looking at the performance of the daily infielders during August.
We all know the Dodgers have hit a rough stretch in the last weeks of August and the first week of September, but baseball is a long grind. Teams are going to have hot and cold stretches. We all know the Dodgers have had their fair share of hot stretches, breaking franchise records, and now they’re in the middle of their first true cold stretch on the season.
The Dodgers infield was far from 100% during August, missing both Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager for about a week and a half in the final weeks of August. But all in all, the infield had a solid month and saw the return of Adrian Gonzalez (I’ll be it very briefly), and saw some new faces emerge in new positions to help keep the lineup fresh.
As a team, the Dodgers ranked 18th in the MLB in runs scored. Collectively they scored 121 runs in 27 games in August averaging just under 4 1/2 runs per game. The club had a collective batting average of .234 and hit 36 home runs. These numbers are a big drop off from what we’ve come to expect from this Dodger club, but none the less was still good enough to rank in the middle of the pack. Let’s dive into the positional grades for the Dodger infield.