EVEN WITH BAT SLUMPING, THE DODGERS KEEP WINNING

Over the last 15 games, since July 28, the Dodgers are 12-3, the best record in the majors. The Dodgders have been winning so frequently you don’t even really check on how they’re winning you just are amazed that they keep doing it.

But here’s the deal: they are in a batting slump and nobody seems to notice.

Through July 27 they were hitting .260, fifth in the National League.

Since July 28 they are hitting .237, 10th in the National League. Ah, I have your attention now.

This season they have 41 games in which they have had 10+ hits; including a stretch from July 22-26 when they had 11+ hits in four-of-five games. But since July 28, they have had just two games of 10+ hits.

But they keep winning, which is remarkable despite not getting double digit hits. In 76 games in which they have had no more than nine hits, they have a record of  45-31, making them the only team in major league baseball with a winning record in games in which they have not gotten 10 hits.

The Dodgers have a 57-game streak

We all know about Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, but the Dodgers have now done it one better: the Dodgers have had at least two extra-base hits in 57 straight games and the streak is still active. It is the longest streak in the majors at least since back to 1913.

Streaks with at least two XBH per game
Strk Start End Games W L R H 2B 3B HR BA OBP SLG OPS Opp
LAD 2017-06-07 2017-08-13 57 48 9 312 505 111 9 107 .265 .352 .501 .854 WSN,CIN,CLE,NYM,COL,LAA,SDP,ARI,KCR,MIA,CHW,ATL,MIN,SFG
NYY 1937-06-04 1937-07-27 49 33 14 349 519 103 27 78 .296 .376 .518 .894 CLE,DET,CHW,SLB,PHA,WSH,BOS
BAL 2008-05-23 2008-07-12 46 21 25 246 439 110 12 58 .269 .335 .458 .793 TBR,NYY,BOS,MIN,TOR,PIT,HOU,MIL,CHC,WSN,KCR,TEX
CIN 2000-06-18 2000-08-01 40 22 18 221 414 84 15 50 .290 .346 .474 .820 SDP,COL,STL,ARI,CLE,DET,HOU,MON,NYM
BOS 1998-04-18 1998-06-02 40 23 17 205 396 94 9 53 .283 .345 .476 .821 CLE,DET,ANA,TEX,MIN,KCR,CHW,NYY,TOR
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Generated 8/14/2017.

When the Dodgers homer, they rarely lose

Take a look at the numbers of losses each team has incurred when they homer and you get blown away by the success of the Dodgers. The Red Sox are playing great baseball. They have homered in 16 fewer games than the Dodgers and lost 11 more times than LA. Houston has homered in six more games than LA but has lost 19 more games.

When homering
Rk Tm #Games with at least one homer W L
HR
1 LAD 89 74 15 172
2 COL 75 56 19 136
3 BOS 73 47 26 121
4 ARI 79 53 26 149
5 WSN 84 56 28 173
6 KCR 78 49 29 147
7 PIT 75 45 30 111
8 SEA 78 48 30 137
9 CHC 82 52 30 165
10 ATL 72 41 31 120
11 LAA 80 49 31 127
12 CLE 81 49 32 134
13 DET 81 49 32 136
14 SFG 62 29 33 94
15 NYY 91 58 33 166
16 MIN 79 45 34 132
17 HOU 95 61 34 188
18 MIA 85 50 35 140
19 PHI 69 33 36 114
20 TBR 82 46 36 164
21 STL 85 49 36 139
22 BAL 83 46 37 169
23 TOR 87 49 38 159
24 CHW 74 35 39 128
25 OAK 89 48 41 163
26 MIL 92 51 41 171
27 TEX 95 49 46 178
28 NYM 90 43 47 174
29 SDP 91 44 47 147
30 CIN 90 38 52 167
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Yet, for the most part, the Dodgers bats are slumping

And as proof, I close with the LA numbers over the last 15 games.

Nine to Know: Dodger batting since July 18

Only two Dodgers are hitting over .265
Rk Name Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
OBP SLG OPS
1 Corey Seager Los Angeles 15 69 60 10 24 5 0 3 7 9 11 .400 .478 .633 1.112
2 Cody Bellinger Los Angeles 15 65 60 12 19 3 0 6 12 5 10 .317 .369 .667 1.036
3 Justin Turner Los Angeles 15 63 53 12 14 3 0 6 14 6 3 .264 .333 .660 .994
4 Chris Taylor Los Angeles 15 68 61 16 15 4 1 5 9 5 16 .246 .324 .590 .914
5 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles 15 53 43 8 10 2 0 2 5 10 8 .233 .377 .419 .796
6 Logan Forsythe Los Angeles 11 47 37 4 7 0 0 0 4 10 14 .189 .362 .189 .551
7 Yasmani Grandal Los Angeles 10 35 32 3 6 2 0 1 2 3 12 .188 .257 .344 .601
8 Enrique Hernandez Los Angeles 13 31 29 0 5 2 0 0 4 2 11 .172 .226 .241 .467
9 Joc Pederson Los Angeles 14 43 37 2 3 2 0 0 2 5 8 .081 .209 .135 .344
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Generated 8/14/2017.
Good luck to the rest of the league when this team gets hot again.