5 Dodgers who have turned around their slow starts to the season
Through April 22, Taylor was hitting .111 with a .196 OBP, .378 SLG, .574 OPS and 21 strikeouts. While Taylor did have four homers, he only had five hits total, so the dingers did not feel as meaningful as they might have.
Recently, Taylor has hit for less power, but has been able to get on base at a much higher rate, and as such, his overall numbers are much better. Things started to turn for Taylor when he had a three-hit game against the Pirates on April 25, which also featured a game-winning three-run home run from Taylor in the eighth inning.
Taylor then posted three consecutive two-hit games (one against the Cardinals and two against the Phillies), and his numbers in May look much more like the 2017 NLCS MVP version of Chris Taylor than the version that has been appearing too much recently. In eight games in May, Taylor is hitting .280 with a .379 OBP, .680 SLG and an OPS of 1.059. For context, only five qualified batters have an OPS of above 1.000 over the course of the season.
Taylor has seven runs scored in May, and, perhaps most importantly, out of his seven hits, five of them are extra base hits, meaning Taylor has not sacrificed any power in order to make more consistent contact. Welcome back, CT3.