From a timing perspective, it’s very odd seeing the MLB trade deadline pass with only one-third of the regular season remaining to be played. As it stands, the Dodgers are in fantastic standing statistically heading into the final month of the 2020 campaign. Nevertheless, we all know how meaningless numbers can be, especially once the postseason hits full stride in October.
Right now, the Dodgers are in first place in the NL West with an even five-game lead over the Padres, who were by far the most aggressive club at the deadline. Los Angeles is the only team in the majors with a winning percentage over .700, and the team’s +93 run differential is far and away the best in the bigs, with the next closest being a +48 mark by the Indians.
As far as offensive production goes, the Dodgers as a team have drifted down to second place in runs scored with 210. Before the start of Wednesday’s games, the Padres are leading the majors with 211. Los Angeles is fourth in the majors with a collective .805 OPS, trailing the White Sox, Phillies, and —you guessed it—the Padres.
It’s also worth noting that the Dodgers have two players with double digit homers—Mookie Betts (11) and Cody Bellinger (10)—with Max Muncy and Corey Seager not far behind at nine apiece. Betts’ 11 bombs are tied for second in the NL, trailing the 13 blasts of Fernando Tatis, Jr.
One of the more interesting stats I dug up was that the team’s combined .682 OPS against lefty pitching is 20th in the majors, while its .856 OPS against righty pitching is the MLB’s best by a full 20 points.
Pitching wise, the Dodgers lead the majors with an overall 2.77 ERA and are second to the Indians with a combined 1.06 WHIP. Los Angeles starters have combined for a 3.33 ERA, which is third in all the majors. The starters’ 1.13 WHIP is also good enough for third, while the .224 BAA is tied for fourth in the majors with the Astros.
Regarding the bullpen, the collective ERA has fallen to 2.11, second in the majors to the Athletics. The relief crew’s 0.99 WHIP and .191 BAA are both best in the MLB.
Among all the Los Angeles regular players, Seager is the only player hitting over .300 with a .311 mark. Betts is second at .282, with Justin Turner, who was placed on the 10-day IL Tuesday, third at .282. Only five regular contributors (Seager, Betts, Turner, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor) are hitting over .250.
These numbers give testament as to how much power has been critical to the team’s offensive output. The club’s 57 long balls lead all of baseball with the Padres in second at 49.
Looking at personal streaks, Bellinger has hit .341 with a monstrous .854 slugging percentage alongside six homers and three doubles over his last 48 plate appearances. Over his last 13 games and 58 PA, Seager has slashed .345/.379/673 with three doubles and five bombs.
Conversely, over his last 30 PA, utility man Enrique Hernandez has gone just 4-for-29.
With just an even 30.0 innings pitched, Clayton Kershaw does not qualify for the league leaders, but his 1.80 ERA far and away leads all Los Angeles starters, unless Tony Gonsolin is figured into the mix, who has posted a 0.51 ERA over four starts and 17-2/3 frames.
Righty reliever Joe Kelly, who was placed on the IL on August 10, has not allowed an earned run despite surrendering five walks and five hits over 6-1/3 innings.