The 2020 Dodgers are a completely different breed. Aside from winning ballgames, they also happen to be putting up one of the best run differentials in history. Hitting 57 homeruns in one calendar month will often do that.
Through 40 games this year, the Dodgers are putting up a +102 run differential. That mark is the third-best through MLB history. Only the 1984 Tigers(+116) and the 2016 Cubs(+102) have put up better marks in any 40-game stretch. By the way, both of those teams went on to win the World Series.
Best run differential through 40 games over the last 80 years:
1984 Tigers: +116
2016 Cubs: +113
2020 @Dodgers: +102
The Tigers and Cubs both went on to win the World Series.#Dodgers
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 5, 2020
Their 30-10 record also sets another franchise mark for them. It is the single best 40-game stretch throughout the Dodgers franchise history. Los Angeles is the 10th team in MLB history since 1903 with a run differential of +100 or more through 40 games. Every one of the 9 game
They are the 10th team in the World Series era (since 1903) with a +100 run diff through 40 games. Each of the previous 9 made the World Series & 7 of them went on to win it. Of course, this doesn’t realy mean anything, since this year is unlike any other in baseball history. But still, knowing that the Dodgers are setting records left and right is pretty encouraging.