The Los Angeles Dodgers have been steamrolling everyone. Lately, they haven’t lost a game in over a week. The Blue Crew swept San Diego amid all the big names they traded for. The Dodgers have the best record in the majors at 75-33 and are 16 games up on the second-place Padres.
The team is hitting all cylinders with under two months left in the season. They’ve won eight games in a row and are 9-1 in their last ten games.
Since July 1, the Dodgers are 28-5, the best record in the MLB, during that span. They’ll host the Minnesota Twins for two games, then go on a seven-game road trip against the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.
So, these are all series the Dodgers should be able to take, but you know baseball is baseball, so there’s no knowing what can happen, as this season has already seen the Dodgers drop series to the underachieving Pirates and Nationals at home.
With the Twins coming to town, interestingly enough, they’re also a division leader. Minnesota is leading the AL Central by one game with a 57-51 record, the weakest record to lead a division this year. The Central hasn’t been very good, so despite three teams struggling, they all have a shot at the division crown.
The two teams have already met this year, with the Dodgers taking both meetings in Minnesota. Dodger fans may remember that was the second series of the year, in which Clayton Kershaw pitched seven perfect innings in his first start of the 2022 season.
Julio Urias gets the start in the series opener this time around, while the team has not announced a starter for the second game. It is Kershaw’s turn in the rotation, but since he’s on the injured list, right-hander Andre Jackson is the leading candidate to replace him.
Urias is 11-6 this year with a 2.57 ERA, one of the few key contributors in a rotation that has been hit by injuries quite a bit throughout the year. In his last start, he went six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits against the Giants.
The first pitch for Tuesday’s opener is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.