For the Dodgers, Saturday’s 7-1 victory over the Rockies marked the exact halfway point of the 2020 Cactus League season. While some folks don’t put an overwhelming amount of importance on either individual or team performances during spring games, others still like to peek at the overall stats just to get an idea where the numbers are trending.
In the final few days leading up to their Cactus League opener against San Francisco, it looked very much like the Dodgers would need to wait until Sunday to kick their spring off against the Cubs.
To say that Washington came through in a mandatory, must-win Game 4 would be an understatement.
It felt like a must win game for the Dodgers heading into the game. The Washington Nationals decided that instead of pitching Max Scherzer in Game 3, they would go with Anibal Sanchez, saving Scherzer for Game 4 and Stephen Strasburg for a possible Game 5. But win it the Dodgers did, although it took awhile to look like their normal selves.
Heading to Washington with a two-game lead would have been a major advantage for the Dodgers. Arriving home having split both games in Los Angeles would have been an apparent edge for the Nationals. Either way, Friday night’s NLDS Game 2 was a huge contest for both sides.
It’s hard to believe that there are just three games left in the 2019 regular season, but here we are. The Dodgers just finished up their final series against the San Diego Padres, sweeping them in a tidy 1-0 win. They are now have 103 wins on the season, and still have a shot at besting the 2017 who had 104 wins, and beating the Dodgers all-time regular season win total of 105.
Utility man Jedd Gyorko squeezed a ground-ball single to center in the top of the ninth inning Sunday night that made the difference in the outcome of the entire series. The base hit scored Enrique Hernandez from second, securing the 3-2 victory for the Dodgers. More importantly, the series win against a quality opponent gave boss Andrew Friedman and skipper Dave Roberts some crucial data to examine when it comes to determining the club’s upcoming playoff roster.
While fans knew it would happen eventually, the Dodgers made a seventh consecutive division crown a reality on Thursday evening after defeating the Orioles 7-3 in Baltimore.
After dropping the first two contests of the weekend in disappointing fashion, the Dodgers rebounded in the finale on Sunday to handle the Giants in convincing fashion, 5-0.