Pederson hit two more home runs Wednesday and is now tied for the National League lead with nine this season. Below are 10 fun facts that help put his roaring start into context:
1. Pederson’s last seven hits have all been homers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first rookie to do that since rookie status was officially defined in the major leagues in 1958. The last player to do it overall was Jay Bruce in June 2013 (seven hits, seven home runs).
2. Six of Pederson’s nine home runs have come in his last seven games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first Dodgers rookie with six homers in a seven-game span since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
3. Pederson’s nine home runs this season have averaged 420.3 feet. Among the 51 hitters with five or more home runs so far this season, only Ryan Braun’s home runs have a longer average distance (422.6 feet).
4. When he makes contact, no hitter has done more damage than Pederson this season. According to Inside Edge, 45.8 percent of his balls in play this season have been hard-hit, by far the highest percentage in baseball (second is Freddie Freeman at 37.8 percent).
5. Key word: “When” he makes contact. Pederson has whiffed on 41.2 percent of his swings this season, the highest percentage in baseball.
6. Pederson ranks fourth in the majors with 21 walks this season. Combined with his power and tendency to swing and miss, he’s already a master of the three true outcomes (walks, strikeouts, home runs -- the three outcomes that don’t involve the defensive team). Pederson has four games this season in which he’s homered, struck out and walked, the most such games in baseball.
7. Pederson has nine home runs and eight singles this season. He’s one of two players in baseball this season to have more homers than singles (minimum three home runs), along with Mark Teixeira (10 HR, four singles).
8. Pederson’s last seven home runs have come against four different pitch types, ranging from 74.4 to 94.8 mph. Pederson is one of five players in baseball this season to hit home runs against pitches both as fast as 95 mph and as slow as 75 mph (Teixeira, Justin Morneau, Todd Frazier, Tim Beckham).
9. Both of Pederson’s home runs Wednesday were to center field, giving him six homers to that location this season. That’s two more than any other player in baseball.
10. And it hasn’t all been with the bat. Pederson has made eight plays classified by Baseball Info Solutions as “good fielding plays” (think Web Gems). That’s tied for second-most among major-league outfielders, behind only Kevin Pillar (12).