Los Angeles Dodgers fans have plenty of reason to smile. The National League West leaders are not only the hottest team in Major League Baseball but on a pace that could put the club this season amongst the greatest in the history of the franchise.
After the Dodgers swept the Miami Marlins over the weekend, the team increased its MLB leading record to 64-29. The current winning percentage of .688 is the best in the history of the franchise and is on pace to better the .682 or 105-49 record of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953.
Even more remarkable is the current run of 29-4 the team is on dating back to June 6. When the team lost June 6 to the Washington Nationals, the Dodgers trailed first place Colorado in the NL West by two games and were in a tie for second with Arizona.
Fast forward to July 18 and the Dodgers have a lead of 10 ½ games over Arizona and 11 ½ over Colorado.
One of the biggest reasons for the Dodgers success has been its pitching staff. Clayton Kershaw remains the best there is on the pitcher’s mound in all of baseball and is making those around him even better.
During the current streak, southpaw hurler Kenta Maeda has an ERA of 2.81 and four walks over 25 plus innings, while prior to the streak he had an ERA of 5.16.
The dominance of Alex Wood has continued for the Dodgers to the surprise of many. The southpaw had an ERA of 1.69 prior to the current streak and its sits at an amazing 1.40 since then.
Wood is still undefeated in his 14 starts and is considered to be the No. 3 pitcher in the rotation.
Another big key has been the play of Justin Turner. Late in May Turner strained a hamstring and returned June 9. Since he returned he has a batting average of .367, 10 homers and 24 RBIs.
Corey Seager last season’s Rookie of the Year was batting .275 prior to the run with 7 home runs and 24 RBIs, since June 6 his batting average is .340 with 7 home runs and 22 RBIs.
However, the biggest reason on offense is the play of rookie Cody Bellinger. On Saturday against Miami, he hit for the cycle adding to his incredible production.
During the Dodgers run over 33 games, Bellinger has 14 home runs and 30 RBIs giving him a total for the season of 26 home runs and 61 runs batted in.