The Dodgers took care of the Marlins on Sunday in a convincing 10-3 victory, securing the series sweep and maintaining an 18-game lead over the second-place Padres in the NL West.
Righty starter Ryan Pepiot was solid for Los Angeles in picking up his second career win, throwing six full innings while surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
After posting a 4-3 record on their latest road trip, the Dodgers are finally back home, as they will begin a seven game homestand with a three game series against the Marlins.
At this point the Dodgers have a couple of things they need to focus on before the postseason. For one, it’s health. That has been the biggest factor in past seasons and figures to be that once again this year.
As all good things must come to an end sometime. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ nine-game winning streak was broken Monday night with a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, but the team now looks to begin a new streak as the All-Star Game break approaches. Speaking of which, the complete rosters for the 2021 Mid-Summer Classic were unveiled this Sunday.
No Dodger players were among the starters, but three players made the reserves — first baseman Max Muncy and outfielders Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts. After Muncy was named, NL skipper Dave Roberts told reporters on Sunday that Muncy will start at DH and bat second.
What a long, strange week it was for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And yet, they didn’t lose a game.
After having been no-hit by the Chicago Cubs 10 days ago, the Dodgers have not lost again. They won the next three games against the Cubs, took both games against the San Francisco Giants, and then flew cross country to battle both the weather and the red hot Washington Nationals. And still they didn’t lose a game.
In the midst of this week of tough opponents, the Dodgers also lost their highest-paid pitcher Trevor Bauer has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while he is investigated for sexual assault allegations. And still, they didn’t lose a game.
For the first time in nearly a month, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won a series. It came by a two-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at home, perhaps sparking a turnaround for the team. The late three-run homer by Gavin Lux on Tuesday night can very well be the turning point for that frustrating couple of weeks.
Next up on the Dodgers‘ schedule is a six-game road trip, consisting of three games with the Marlins starting on Tuesday evening, followed by a three-game set with the leaders of the NL East, the Braves, beginning on Friday.