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The Dodgers are Allergic to Losing

Or maybe the team just doesn’t know how to lose?

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Joc Pederson #31 congratulates Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after scoring on Muncy's two run home run against pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies duding the third inning Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Andrew Friedman has constructed an unstoppable winning machine. Or at least it seems that way.

The Dodgers have now won 11 straight series, which gives them a record of 45-21 and an MLB best .682 win percentage.

They currently have a 99.99% chance of making the playoffs and a 99.6% chance of winning their seventh consecutive National League West title, according to FanGraphs. They also have the second-best chance at winning the World Series at 19.6%, just behind the Astros 21.2% chance.

At home, the Dodgers have an MLB best 25-7 record. On the road, they have a 20-14 record, which is just behind the Twins and Astros.

They have also won eight of their last 10 games, 15 of their last 20, and 22 of their last 30.

Against teams with a record of .500 or better, they’ve won 24 of their 37 games, which is also an MLB best.

This streak isn’t luck based either. Their Pythagorean record of 43-22 places them just behind the Rays (42-21) and they have an MLB leading 1.7 run differential per game.

The Dodgers’ run of dominance has been led by their starting pitchers, who have a 2.82 ERA and 8.3 wins above replacement in 383 innings pitched.

Their offense has also been among the best in baseball. Their wRC+ of 122 is tied with the Twins for the best in the league. They’re also tied with the Twins for the league lead in batting average (.272), and they’re first in on-base percentage (.356) and second to the Twins in slugging percentage (.481). (All offensive stats are excluding pitchers).

So far, their only weakness has been their bullpen, which owns a 4.52 ERA, 4.41 FIP, and 0.9 wins above replacement. With only one true need going into the trade deadline, they should be able to get some quality help for the pen.

This is looking like the best team the Dodgers have had in years. Perhaps the third time is the charm?

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. I concur. Or perhaps that 8th inning, specifically, was the result of an effective antihistamine.

  2. I know Blake Williams posted this Before last nights game vs. Angels. Watching Kelly pitching makes me sick to my stomach. Stripling was removed because Trout had homered off of him before. Roberts brings in Floro who gives up the game-tying homerun. Two instances last night, the Dodgers had men on 1st and 2nd-base with nobody out, first time with Bellinger at the plate, and they not only wouldn’t score, they didn’t move them to 2nd and 3rd i.e. a productive out. C’mon situational hitting.

    • Robin……Lemme guess………..you are probably not going to the game on Joe Kelly bobble head night are you? (Grin!)

  3. With Seager out the allergy will be gone. Bring up Gavin Lux to replace Seager now while he is on the IL. Don’t trade for garbage rentals.

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