Postseason baseball is less than two weeks away, meaning that the time for predictions has come to an end. There are no more guarantees that slumps will end or that players will change old habits. Instead, all we have to go off of are the expectations that we had prior to the season and the actual numbers that the Dodgers have put up.
It’s safe to say that many expected this 2020 team to be good offensively, but have they lived up to those expectations? According to 92% of those that responded to our Twitter poll, the answer was yes.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 17, 2020
The 2020 Dodgers have put up some monster numbers on the offensive end this season, including homerun and run differential records that would be impressive in any year. Having said that though, is this possibly their best offensive year ever? To give some perspective, let’s take a look at how their team numbers in some key areas hold up against the 2019 Dodgers, the consensus best Dodger team in recent history.
2019 Dodgers through 52 Games
- 34-18 Record
- .256 Team Batting Average
- 79 Home Runs
- 274 Runs Scored
- 19 Stolen Bases
- .797 OPS
2020 Dodgers through 52 Games
- 37-15 Record
- .257 Batting Average
- 98 Home Runs
- 303 Runs Scored
- 26 Stolen Bases
- .814 OPS
Side by side, there’s no doubt that this year’s squad has been more impressive and has shown some serious firepower. More impressively, they’ve managed to do it with many key players struggling to get it going including Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Gavin Lux, and Joc Pederson. All three were key pieces for last year’s squad and have been largely unreliable for the majority of 2020. Instead, the Dodgers have relied on a more balanced offensive attack with a two-headed monster leading the way in Mookie Betts and Corey Seager.
Last night’s 15-6 route of Colorado did offer hope that the Dodgers’ lefties were starting to find a rhythm at the plate just in time for October.
Muncy, Bellinger, Lux today are a combined 4-for-7 with six RBI. Good sign for the Dodgers, who are looking to get the lefties going before the playoffs.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 19, 2020
By the end of the night, the trio ended up going 6-14 with 6 RBI, 2 HR, and 1 walk. This was exactly the type of game that they all needed to boost their confidence and give them a rhythm again.
It’s a shame that we won’t get to see what this team would have done in a 162 game season. Even with their struggling batters, the Dodgers offense as a whole has most definitely lived up to the hype. At their current pace, they almost certainly would have broken the 106 win record that they set last year and quite possibly a few other records along the way.
Understandably, the designated hitter plays a role in the added numbers in 2020. Dodger DHs have combined to hit .286 with 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 52 games.
The newly expanded postseason begins on September 30th for the National League, giving us just under two more weeks of regular-season baseball. If the Dodgers can get the same production from their lefties that they got last night, this offense could absolutely explode come October and lead the way towards LA’s first title since the improbable 1988.