Anatomy of the Streak

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Here’s more information about how the Dodgers became the red-hot 2017 Dodgers.  Again, the Wins/Losses by month:

April 14-12
May 19-9
June 21-7
July 20-3
August 11-3 Total 2017 85-34

Starting on June 7th, the Dodgers have run off a streak of 50-9, at a pace of winning 85% of 59 games.  They have not lost a series since losing the June 5-7 series at home to the Washington Nationals.  So what changed?  Who is in and who is out, when, and what’s the Dodgers record since?

Chris Taylor joined the 25-man roster on April 19th; the Dodgers are 78-26 since then.

Alex Wood moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation on April 21st; the Dodgers are 77-26 since then.

Cody Bellinger was promoted on April 25th; the Dodgers are 76-23 since then.

Andrew Toles went on the disabled list on May 9th; the Dodgers are 66-20 since then.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a stellar relief game on May 25th; the Dodgers are 58-14 since then (including the May 25th game).

Adrian Gonzalez went on the disabled list (the second time) on June 11th; the Dodgers are 46-9 since then.

Rich Hill was bad early in the season, and he turned it around after June 15th.  Through June 15th, he was 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.657 WHIP.  After June 15th, he is 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.963 WHIP.  The Dodgers are 44-8 since June 15th.

Chris Hatcher was put on the disabled list after the June 22nd game; the Dodgers are 37-8 since then.

Sergio Romo’s last bullpen appearance was July 8th; the Dodgers are 25-5 since then.

Cody Bellinger had a strong showing in the Home Run Derby on July 10th; the Dodgers are 24-5 since then.

Brandon McCarthy was put on the disabled list on July 20th; the Dodgers are 19-4 since then.

Sergio Romo was traded to the Rays on July 22nd; the Dodgers are 19-3 since then.

Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list on July 23rd; the Dodgers are 17-3 since then.

Yu Darvish was acquired in a trade on July 31st; the Dodgers are 11-3 since then.

Chris Hatcher was traded to the A’s on August 15th, the Dodgers are 2-0 since then.

Darvish

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In honor of Yu Darvish’s debut with the 2017 red-hot Dodgers, we have this song.  The song is based on Devo’s 1978 classic:  “Uncontrollable Urge”.

 

Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu
Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu

Got a surge in win streaks and it’s outta control
Got a surge don’t want to purge
And I’m losing control

Uncontrollable surge I want to tell you all about it
Got an uncontrollable surge let me, scream and shout it

I’ve got an uncontrollable surge
(He’s got an uncontrollable surge)
I’ve got an uncontrollable

It’s got style, it’s got class
So strong, I can’t pass the gas I gotta tell you all about it
I gotta scream and shout it

Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu
Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu

Got an surge in win streaks and it’s outta control now
Got an surge don’t want to purge and I’m losing con-trol
Uncontrollable surge I want to tell you all about it
Got an uncontrollable surge let me, scream and shout it

That’s right

I’ve got an uncontrollable surge
(He’s got an uncontrollable surge)
I’ve got an uncontrollable

It’s got style, it’s got class
So strong, I can’t pass the gas I gotta tell you all about it
I gotta scream and shout it

I got an uncontrollable surge I want to tell you all about it
An uncontrollable surge make me scream and shout
And I say Yu
(He’s says Yu)
And I say Yu, Yu
(He says Yu, Yu)
And I say Yu
(Yu)
And I say Yu, Yu
(Yu, Yu)

And I say Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu
Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu

 

Brock Brock

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Brock Brock ‘Em, Rock Rock ‘Em, Sock Sock ‘Em, Block Block ‘Em, Clock Clock ‘Em, Hock Hock ‘Em, Lock Lock ‘Em, Pock Pock ‘Em, Knock Knock ‘Em, Spock Spock ‘Em, Tick Tock ‘Em, Chock Chock ‘Em, Mock Mock ‘Em, Shock Shock ‘Em, Joc Joc ‘Em, Doc Doc ‘Em, just don’t Walk Walk ‘Em!

In Brock Stewart’s latest start, he was crippled by the errors committed by the defense around him.  His ERA in 2017 is still an unblemished 0.00.  His WHIP is a low 0.840, having given up just ten hits and four walks in 16 2/3 innings.

If you cannot discern Brock Brock in the above picture, he is the one in blue on the left.

 

Hot in Atlanta

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The Dodgers bring their red-hot team to Atlanta for a three game series.  They also bring their newly acquired starting pitcher, Yu Darvish, who last pitched on July 26th for the Texas Rangers.  Yu Darvish will have his first Dodgers start on Friday in New York City against the Mets.

Tonight’s game features Kenta Maeda against rookie Lucas Sims, who gets his first major league start tonight against the Dodgers.  Sims is a 23 year old right hander who has posted a 1.136 WHIP in AAA this year.

The Dodgers’ road record is 27-18, as opposed to their record of 47-13 while playing at Chavez Ravine.

DEADLINE DAY

Major League Baseballs Non Waiver Trade Deadline Ends At 4PM ET

Will Darvish, Verlander or Gray, fly to Atlanta to join the Dodgers in the coming hours?

Could a reliever weigh heavily on the minds of the front-office?

If so…what type of prospects and or other pieces will be exchanged?

Will they fore-go a bullpen arm and call up Walker Buehler to assist the club?

Will they add another bat to the mix?

Do they even need to do something big that requires top prospects?

I’ve read that…

Darvish may require top prospects

Verlander will cost money/prospects

Gray will require a battle with the Yankees

 

Hang on to your caps today folks…A storm may be brewing!!

 

Twins Game Two

Last night, the Dodgers returned to their ways of pulling a victory from the jaws of defeat.  This is not the team of Don Mattingly.  This is the team of Doc Roberts, the communicator, the motivator.  This is the team of Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger.  Those top four hitters (amongst others) never say die and keep on hitting late into the ballgame.  This is the team of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen, who consistently lay everything on the line to win a ballgame.

Kenta Maeda (R) will be starting against Jose Berrios (R) in the second game of the Dodgers series with the Twins.

Two Aces

 

It’s kinda nice to have two stoppers on the Dodgers.  I’ve got to believe this has been a key to the Dodgers red-hot success this summer.  When you’ve got two stoppers, odds are that one of them will be pitching the day after a loss.  Tonight, the stopper du jour is Alex Wood.

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I hope I’m not jinxing him here, but Wood is 11-0 and lately he seems just plain unbeatable.  Over his last five starts, he has given up just three runs in 33 innings, with never more than one run per start.  Over his last eleven starts, beginning on May 8th, he has given up just six runs over 62 innings.  His walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) is .877 for 2017, just slightly better than that other ace, Clayton Kershaw, whose 2017 WHIP is .890 and career WHIP is the second lowest all-time at .998.

Of those Dodgers who are having a “career year” and helping the Dodger become red-hot, Alex Wood is at the top of that list.  The others who come to mind immediately are Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner.

So, let tonight begin another winning streak for the Dodgers, who have only done the following in their red-hot summer of 2017:

  • Lead the second-place Rockies and Diamondbacks by 10 1/2 games.
  • Lead the Nationals by eight games for home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
  • Lead the Astros by 2 1/2 games for World Series home advantage.
  • 31-5 over the last 36 games.
  • Lost to an NL opponent just twice in the past 36 games.
  • 57-19 since Cody Bellinger joined the club.
  • 41-7 when both Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger start the game.
  • 30-5 since Justin Turner came off the disabled list.
  • Swept twelve series this year.
  • Won eleven of the past twelve games.
  • Won 44 consecutive games for games where they were leading at any time during the game.