A Mid-May Report from Home Run Central

We have reached the 12th of May and the Los Angeles Dodgers are still slugging away, maybe not quite as prodigiously as they did in April and to start the month, but nobody at JVSWorks is complaining. To recap, for every home run hit by a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers - home or away - in the month of May, Daniel's Jewelers and the Howard and Stephanie Sherwood Foundation will donate $1,000 to JVS. You can hear Dodgers announcer Rick Monday on I Heart Radio talk about the Trip Around the Diamond sponsored by Daniel's Jewelers after every round-tripper.

Through 31 games, the Boys in Blue have hit a Major League-leading 49 home runs, including 17 in the month of May. Not too shabby when you consider that Yasiel Puig has been injured since April while former Dodger bombers Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp are playing for other teams.

But who needs Kemp and Ramirez when we've got those slugging J-men Joc Pederson and Justin Turner. Unlikely power from unlikely sources, right? Pederson's a rookie, albeit a highly touted one. The kid has been on fire, slugging 5 home runs in May including a grand slam on May 1 and two home runs in a single game vs the Brewers on May 6. Turner, a jack-of-all-positions journeyman, had never previously hit more than 4 home runs in an entire season before joining the Dodgers. He hit 7 in 2014 and - with Pederson - is pacing the home run assault with 4 in May. And he's not even in the lineup every day.

 

We've had a few unlucky breaks. The weather gods were not in a cooperative mood over the May 8-10 weekend, forcing the Friday game vs the Colorado Rockies to be concluded after 5 innings and necessitating the rain-related cancellation of Saturday's game. So that's about 13 innings that we lost at hitter friendly Coors Field.

But the excitement has far outweighed the setbacks. Baseball fans tend to go nuts over home runs whether $1,000 donations are attached to them or otherwise, and the Dodgers have given us some dramatics with their firepower. How about Yasmani Grandal hitting a walk-off game winning home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to tie a ribbon around the team's 1-0 victory over Arizona? How about Grandal coming back a few days later to hit two 3-run shots in the same game, driving in 8 runs as the Dodgers mauled Milwaukee?

JVSWorks was in the house on May 1 to see Turner, Pederson and Andre Ethier literally launch the campaign with one homer apiece. We returned to Chavez Ravine Monday to see the team take it to the Miami Marlins in the start of a 7-gasme homestand. For the majority of that game, it was looking like the team would not be contributing to the home run tally. Then, wouldn't you know it, bottom of the 9th with the team down one run, Scott Van Slyke comes to the plate and powers a 3-run shot over into the Left Field Pavilion for another dramatic walk-off win!

You will be hearing about a couple more Trip Around the Diamond mini challenges very shortly. For your quick and easy reference, here's where things stand.

Total home runs for May through May 11: 17

 

Home run leaders for May:

Pederson: 5

Turner: 4

Grandal: 3

Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Jimmy Rollins, Scott Van Slyke, AlexGuerrero: 1 each.

Remaining games in May: 18, 12 at Dodger Stadium, 6 on the road.

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