The Dodgers picked up another win on Tuesday night, and the numbers continue to get more and more unbelievable. They are working on perhaps the best post-All-Star break run in baseball history.
Tuesday's win in Colorado pushed the Dodgers to 36-8 in the unofficial second half (.818). Since the All-Star Game began in 1933, the best winning percentage after the break by any team was .775 by the 1954 Cleveland Indians, who ended their season on a 55-16 clip.
These Dodgers need to go 17-7 (.708) to best that mark, which would push them to 53-15 (.779) after the All-Star break. That finish would also give the Dodgers 100 wins, which was nowhere near the realm of possibility in June when the Dodgers were 12 games under .500.
A 100-win season would mean the Dodgers went 70-20 in their last 90 games, something no team in franchise history has ever done.
I can't even fathom 70 wins in 90 games. Or, at least I couldn't fathom that, before seeing what this team can do.
As it stands the Dodgers are 53-13 in their last 66 games, a mark last achieved by those 1954 Indians. The last team to reach 54-13 was the 1944 Cardinals, who had a 55-12 stretch. At the very least it suggests the Dodgers' run extends to well before the All-Star break.
The Dodgers were 30-42 after their loss in San Diego on June 21, but went on a crazy 17-5 run to reach .500 (47-47) at the All-Star break. That would have been perfectly acceptable as the hot streak of the season, but the Dodgers just kept winning.
If we break down the last 66 games in three equal segments, the Dodgers went 17-5, then 19-3, then 17-5 again. All in a row.
Through those first 72 games the Dodgers never won more than two games in a row. Since then, they have nine different winning streaks of four games or longer in a span of just 66 games. Their winning streaks, in order, since June 22, are six games, four, five, six, four, five, 10, four, and now six again, and counting.
As we wait to see how this amazing run by the Dodgers will play out, here are a few more numbers to digest:
- The Dodgers have won their last 36 games in which they have scored at least three runs. The MLB winning percentage in such games this season is .673 (1,875 wins, 911 losses). The Dodgers are 71-21 (.772) in such games on the season.
- After play on July 8 the Dodgers were 14-6 in their last 20 games. That was the last date this season the Dodgers have had a record of less than 15-5 in their last 20 games (hat tip to TBLA member Capt. Factorial for that nugget).
- If the Dodgers win at least 12 of their final 24 games they will finish with more wins in their 68 games after the All-Star break than they had in 94 games before the All-Star break (47-47).
- The Dodgers are 53-13 since June 22, 9½ games better than the next-best record in MLB during that span (the Braves at 42-21). The Tigers (41-26) are the only other MLB team with even 40 wins during that span.
- During their last 66 games the Dodgers have gained 23 games on the Diamondbacks (29-35), 24½ games on the Rockies (28-37), 28 games on the Padres (24-40) and 28½ games on the Giants (24-41).
- The Dodgers are 24-3 in their last 27 road games and 29-5 away from home since June 22.
- On the season the Dodgers are 40-27 (.597) away from home, the best road record in baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers record for road wins in a season is 50, set by the 1974 squad (50-31, .617). The Brooklyn Dodgers record is 51 wins, set in 1952 (51-24, .680).
- Against the National League West the Dodgers are 19-4 in their last 23 games, including 11-2 in their last 13 divisional games on the road.
- Since the All-Star break the Dodgers lead the National League with 206 runs scored and 4.68 runs per game. Only the Tigers (226 runs, 5.02 per game) and Rangers (213, 4.95) have score more runs in MLB.
- Since the All-Star break the Dodgers have allowed 115 runs, just 2.61 per game, both by far the fewest in MLB. Atlanta is second best with 131 runs allowed and 3.05 per game.
- The 13½-game National League West lead over the Diamondbacks is the largest divisional lead for the Dodgers since Sept. 13, 1977. The last time the Dodgers led by more than that was on Aug. 2, 1977, when they had a 14-game lead over the Slightly Less Big Red Machine.