Following a sweep of the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers are tied with the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West. After spending the summer chasing the Giants, the Dodgers are much more in control of their own fate. Now, the Dodgers can focus on the task at hand – winning each series in September.
Dodgers September Schedule
First up, is the aforementioned Giants, in San Francisco. The trip to the Bay kicks off thirteen games in a row for the Dodgers. Normally that might be cause for concern, but with the team rolling, a slew of games is just what the doctor ordered. It’s unwise to try to stop a freight train at high speed.
Los Angeles has six series against teams with winnings records in September. They also have nine games against the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. Both moribund teams should be deploying lineups littered with AAA talent. Los Angeles can’t sleepwalk through those series, but it will be a respite from the desperate Reds, Padres, and Cardinals – three teams battling for the last Wild Card spot.
The Milwaukee Brewers serve as the Bowser to the Dodgers Mario – the final opponent. The last regular season series in early October between the two figures to be full of playoff implications.
The Dodgers were 21-6 in August and enter Friday’s tilt having won 20 of their last 25. All of that success is despite Mookie Betts missing two weeks. Some could also argue that Cody Bellinger’s bat is only present in the literal sense these days. Not to mention, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy all hit below .230 for the month.
All of those variables resulted in the powerful Dodgers offense finishing a pedestrian 15th in OPS in August (.744). They still tied the Tampa Bay Rays for best winning percentage in August (.778).
As long as Urias, Buehler, and Scherzer continue to anchor the rotation, the Dodgers should be favored in every series left on their schedule.
It’s no easy task, but this team has all of the talent and experience to win a ninth straight division title.