We knew going into the 2020 season that the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to be good. That tends to happen when a team that won 106 games adds a player like Mookie Betts into the mix of things.
What we did not expect from these Dodgers is to put up such a lopsided run differential early on in a shortened season. The pitching coming into the year was expected to be great, but even that has exceeded all expectations.
After Friday night’s win over the Rockies, the Dodgers now have a +70 run differential just 28 games into the season. The next closest team in all of baseball would be the Minnesota Twins at +34, less than half of what Los Angeles has been able to do. The Twins are in a tight race with the Indians in the AL Central that could come down to the wire.
The best part is that the Dodgers are doing it against pretty good teams too. The West is the only division in the National League featuring three teams at or above the .500 mark at the moment. You have to imagine that games coming up against teams like the Rangers, Giants, and Diamondbacks can only help that differential.
Did Vegas Get it Wrong With the Dodgers?
Most Las Vegas oddsmakers had the Dodgers at about 38 wins, give or take. To reach that total, they would have to go just 18-14 the for rest of the year. Fortunately, their current win pace could have them possibly eclipse 42 wins in a 60-game season.
And how are they getting this done? The short answer is a combination of a lights-out bullpen and timely hitting. The Dodgers rank first in the National League with a staff ERA of 2.70 and second in all of Major League Baseball. Good things may be on the horizion.