After losing the opening two games of a four-game series to the Padres early last week, the Dodgers have turned their offense around to win seven straight, including an 11-9 victory on Monday night against the Mariners. Despite a shaky start by Ross Stripling in which he allowed seven runs, the offense picked up the bad start and had two different five-run innings. Brothers Corey Seager and Kyle Seager both hit home runs in a feel-good moment. The game was a slugfest with seven homers hit, and Los Angeles prevailed late off former Dodger Matt Magill, who had not allowed a run this year.
With the win, the Dodgers remain undefeated in six games against American League teams this year. Early last week, the Dodgers shared first place in the National League West division with the Rockies and the Padres not too far behind. Since then, the Rockies have cooled off and Los Angeles has continued their winning ways. The Boys in Blue are now three games up on the Rockies and will see them soon in a crucial series coming up at the end of the week.
Currently, the Dodgers are one of the top teams in baseball and have the best record in the National League, sitting in second in winning percentage to the Yankees. In the seventh inning or later this season, the Dodgers have outscored opponents 45-12. Los Angeles also has the best run differential in baseball by far with +62, with the next closest being +38.
To many Dodger fans, the team still hasn’t hit their full potential, and once they do, it will be quite fun to watch. Seager has looked like the team MVP so far, despite missing a couple of games due to injury. Cody Bellinger has been improving at the plate but still is only batting .181, while Mookie Betts has looked like Mookie Betts.
Dodgers also rank first in home runs as a team this season with 46 and in RBI with 135. We’ve seen how deep the lineup is and how they can hit the long ball, as last season they set the NL record and franchise-high, hitting 279 long balls throughout the full season. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see how many this team could hit throughout a full season in 2020, but my bet would be they give that record a good run.
It is quite astonishing for the Dodgers to rank first in home runs, RBIs, and pitching wins. For a team to rank first in three major categories is quite extraordinary, and in pitching and hitting shows how well rounded the team actually is. The Dodgers also rank in the Top 5 in hits as well.
Another top-ranking the Dodgers find themselves in at third overall is fielding percentage. This much into the season it is starting to feel more like real baseball, despite the craziness surrounding it and the uncertainty that was at the beginning.
If the Rockies and Padres who were hot at the beginning can’t find that magic again, the Dodgers might run off with the West. Once the team hits on all cylinders, a deep postseason run could be inevitable.
In some roster moves Monday, Edwin Rios was placed on the 10-day injured list with Adam Kolarek being recalled. Rios was dealing with a hamstring strain after he injured it sliding into second base Sunday afternoon against the Angels. He briefly stayed in that game, but after the injury kept him from scoring a run, he was replaced.
Manager Dave Roberts will continue to go with a six-man rotation giving Tony Gonsolin his third start of the season on Tuesday. Gonsolin, who still hasn’t allowed an earned run this season, struck out a career-high eight batters last time out against the Padres.
The Dodgers look to finish their brief homestand undefeated before going up to Seattle for two games. Tuesday’s game starts a bit earlier, with the first pitch set for 4:10 p.m. Pacific.
The probable matchup is Gonsolin against left-hander Marco Gonzales.