Dodgers Quick Hits: Joc Pederson Heating Up at the Right Time

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run homerun during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run homerun during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers were able to finish off the Padres to win 7-2 last night and maintain their 1.5 game lead in the NL West.  Joc Pederson clubbed a home run and continued to stay hot.

The Dodgers “hung on” to win a 7-2 game last night and the Dodger offense surged from the start as Joc Pederson led off the game with a solo homer.  Joc has been heating up in the last seven games and boasts a .444 average over the last seven games.  Joc has also hit two home runs in the last week.

September in general, has been a very good month for Joc Pederson.  This month, Joc has hit four home runs and hit .304.  The September resurgence of Joc is good news for the Dodgers since August was a rough month for Pederson.  Although he hit five home runs in August, he hit below .200 and seemed to be boom or bust.

This month Joc has not only displayed his usual power but he is recording more base hits.  Everyone remembers the World Series Joc had in which he hit several big home runs and might have been the World Series MVP if the Dodgers were able to pull off a win in game seven.  With a possible playoff berth seven games away, Joc Pederson appears primed for the big stage once again.

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