Did the Dodgers somehow become a different team after June 6, 2017? Let’s look at some facts and some numbers. Chris Taylor was called up from AAA on April 19th. The Dodgers were 7-8. The Dodgers then beat the Rockies 4-2 with Taylor hitting two doubles in three at-bats from the eighth batting position.
Cody Bellinger joined the team on April 25th, when the Dodgers were 9-11. Dodger4life christened Bellinger as “Bombay”. Later that night, the Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1, and Bombay had a quiet 1-3 night with a single and a walk, batting in the eighth position.
Justin Turner went on the disabled list from May 19th through June 8th. The Dodgers were 24-18 after May 18th and 36-25 on June 8th. So the Dodgers were able to go 12-7 without Justin Turner (somehow!). When Big Red came back on June 9th, the Dodgers were just two wins into their current Red-Hot streak of 46-8.
Chris, Cody, and Justin have teamed up with Corey Seager to make up the best 1-2-3-4 hitters in any lineup that I can remember. Just for ha-ha’s, here are their offensive numbers (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+ with homeruns) prior to tonight’s game:
Chris Taylor .308/.375/.547/.922/139 with 16 homers
Corey Seager .307/.399/.525/.925/141 with 19 homers
Justin Turner .348/.441/.561/1.002/162 with 15 homers
Cody Bombay Bellinger .263/.340/.609/.949/142 with 33 homers
Note that OPS+ compare’s the player’s OPS to the league’s OPS – an OPS+ of 100 is league-average.
Just for ha-ha’s again, here were the 1-2-3-4 hitters for the 1927 Bronx Bombers:
Earle Combs .356/.414/.511/.925/141 with 6 homers
Mark Koenig .285/.320/.382/.702/83 with 3 homers
Babe Ruth .356/.486/.772/1.258/225 with 60 homers
Lou Gehrig .373/.474/.765/1.240/220 with 47 homers
Yikes! Those 3-4 hitters – who are those guys?
Now add Yasiel Puig as the best #8 hitter in the MLB. Then add the Dodgers pitching which is leading the NL. This is why the Dodgers have almost forgotten how to lose.
Let’s look at the Dodgers won-loss records by month for their possible best season ever:
August 7-2 (incomplete)
Here is the Dodgers’ won-loss record at home versus on the road during their Red-Hot streak:
You know, the Dodgers were just not satisfied with their 42-8 streak in 2013, winning 84% of 50 games. So they had to go on their 2017 Red-Hot streak of 46-8, winning 85% of 54 games. Oh yeah, it’s not over yet. They are home for the next five games against the Padres (3 games) and the White Sox (2 games). The Red-Hot streak continues…