With the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon, the team capped off the best 50-game stretch since the 1912 Giants with a 43-7 record.
The first thing that comes to mind is the 42-8 run that the Dodgers managed to magically put on in 2013 while riding the bat of a red-hot Hanley Ramirez. That once in a lifetime run has not only been repeated this season, it has been beaten.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 5, 2017
The 2017 Dodgers have managed to create an even more historic run than the 2013 team. There have been some slight differences in how the streaks came about. The 2013 Dodgers were almost solely carried by Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig, along with the unbelievable combination of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Those four, mixed with a little luck and what seemed like some magic, managed to string together that 42-8 run.
The 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers have collectively gone on this run as a 25-man roster powerhouse. There is no one man running this show. The starting rotation is seven men deep. Breakout seasons from Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor and to a lesser extent, Austin Barnes, have provided the Dodgers with depth they probably did not know they had when the season started.
The likes of Brandon Morrow, Josh Fields and Pedro Baez have all come together to bridge the gap to Kenley Jansen, something the last four Dodger playoff teams did not really have.
The Dodgers currently carry the most elite 1-4 in any lineup in Major League Baseball.
- Chris Taylor .929 OPS
- Corey Seager .930 OPS
- Justin Turner .976 OPS
- Cody Bellinger .944 OPS
Those top four men in the lineup also have a combined 72 home runs as of August 6th.
Another unsung hero of the Dodgers’ 2017 season is Yasiel Puig, who looks to have finally found the form that people were expecting from him. He just blasted his career high 21st home run; most of which have come from the number eight spot in the lineup.
The difference in the 2017 Dodgers and the 2013 Dodgers is quite tremendous. The talent is here in 2017, they just have to carry what they are doing now into October.