The LA Dodgers lost back-to-back games Thursday and Friday for the first time since they dropped three in a row in early June. Since that time, the Dodgers have gone 31-6, including winning streaks of 10 and 11 games. While the Dodgers’ record during this stretch is impressive, let’s look at some of the things they’ve managed to do while on this tear.
Prior to Thursday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers played to an 18-1 record at home during streak. Of course, things weren’t too bad away from Chavez Ravine, either, with a road record of 13-3.
Generally speaking, when you’re hot, it’s because your bats are hot. The Dodgers were no exception in this area. LA scored at the pace of 5.6 runs per game and failed to cross the plate in just one game. Of the 31 wins, 10 came in blowout fashion (five-plus run margin) and scored LA in double figures five times. The Dodgers hit to a .270 team average and pounded out 10-plus hits in 16 games.
Despite hot bats, offense won’t win every game. Dodger pitching was stellar throughout the stretch, as well. They allowed just 3.3 runs per game, with two outliers of 12-run games (one of these was against the Braves on Friday night). Six times the Dodgers held opponents scoreless, which was more than any MLB team during this span. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw continued to prove dominant over seven starts, as opponents averaged just 2.6 runs per start.
The Dodgers reached only the halfway marks of the 1935 Chicago Cubs’ 21-game winning streak and the 20-game streak by the 2002 Oakland A’s, but they did win 31 games in 45 days (including the All-Star Break) to run away with the NL West in July. LA currently stands 9.5 games ahead of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks and I think it’s safe to say this division is just about wrapped up.
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