After getting shutout in a 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals, the Los Angeles Dodgers countered by scoring 14 runs and recording 24 hits in a 14-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. The game broke open quickly as a Freddie Freeman three run homer put the Dodgers up 6-0.
The win also made the Dodgers the first NL team to reach 30 wins, as they now post a record of 30-14. Since dropping a three game series to Arizona in late April, the Dodgers have won five straight against Arizona since then and haven’t shown any mercy against them.
Just two batters into the game, the Dodgers put up a run. Mookie Betts, who after a struggling month of April, continued his great play for the month of May.
Betts in May has a .355 batting average, along with nine homers and 24 RBI. He currently has an average of .299 and leads the MLB in runs scored with 47. At this point, it appears that Betts scores a run every time he’s on base, as he’s scored a run in his last 13 starts. His 12 homers also lead the team and are tied for first in the National League.
It is still very early in the season as we are barely entering June, but Betts has to be one of frontrunners for MVP at this point. Not only is he scoring runs nearly every game, but his glove and cannon of an arm are also crazy advantages to have. It seems like every Dodger game there is at least one highlight play from Betts.
Freeman also has been one of the most consistent players for the team, leading in batting average at .312 and in OBP at .973. The 2020 NL MVP belted his fourth homer of the year Thursday and his first since late April.
The top of the lineup really seems insane when you look at it on paper. If you’re a pitcher, you’d have to pitch to Betts, Freeman and then Trea Turner. Just between those three, you have four World Series rings, two MVPs, and last year’s leader in batting average.
Even though the Dodgers are the first team to win 30 games this season, they still aren’t relatively close to full strength. Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney, who had spectacular starts to the season, remain on the injured list. However, they both seem to be progressing.
Heaney pitched a 50 pitch bullpen session recently, while Kershaw was said to be progressing towards a possible bullpen of his own.
In other news, Max Muncy, who has been struggling at the plate, may be headed towards a stint on the injured list with an arm issue.
The Dodgers look to make it six straight wins against Arizona Friday when they face veteran left hander Madison Bumgarner. The veteran has posted a 2.76 ERA so far this year and last pitched against the Dodgers on May 16, allowing three runs over five hits.
Ryan Pepiot will get the start for the Dodgers, as the rookie will be making his third start of his career. Pepiot’s last start was against Arizona back on May 17 when he went four innings, allowing three runs.
First pitch for Friday is scheduled at 6:40 p.m. Pacific.