The Dodgers have powered their way to the top of the National League West, and with a strong finish could make their mark in franchise history.
With two home runs on Sunday, the Dodgers have 162 home runs on the season, good for sixth in the National League. They led the NL in home runs in 2015, the first time they did that since 1983, but with 26 games remaining the 2016 club is on pace to finish with 193 home runs, six more than last season.
Since the All-Star break the Dodgers are hitting .268/.333/.447 as a team, third in the majors in runs per game (5.07) and second in the National League in slugging percentage during that time. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, the Dodgers franchise-best slugging percentage in the second half is .434, set in a Manny Ramirez-infused 2008.
Last year’s Dodgers team hit the eighth-most home runs in franchise history with 187, and they have only reached 190 home runs seven times, the last time in 2004, when they hit 203 home runs.
Including Sunday, the Dodgers are 36-8 when hitting two or more home runs in a game, and 21-4 in such games at Dodger Stadium.
Led by Justin Turner (24), Corey Seager (23) and Yasmani Grandal (23), the Dodgers have three players with 20 home runs for the first time in 2001. With Joc Pederson (19) and Adrian Gonzalez (16) knocking on the door, the club has a chance to match the franchise record with five players with 20 home runs, set in both 1979 and 2000.
Add in Trayce Thompson (13) and Chase Utley (12), and the Dodgers have seven players in double digits in home runs, tied for sixth-most in franchise history. Both Howie Kendrick (8) and Yasiel Puig (8) are within striking distance to allow the 2016 Dodgers to match the franchise record of nine such players, set in 2004.
The Dodgers face a team for the next three games in the Diamondbacks who have allowed the third-most home runs in the National League in 2016 (174), including 68 since the All-Star break, one behind the Phillies for most during that span.
Old friend Zack Greinke takes the mound for Arizona in the opener of the three-game series on Monday night, having allowed 16 home runs in his 22 starts in 2016. He has allowed multiple home runs three times this season, giving up nine, seven and seven runs in those three games.
Greinke allowed two home runs in a start seven times in three years with the Dodgers — never more than two in any start — including four time in 46 starts at Dodger Stadium.
Corey Seager homered off Greinke on June 13 in Phoenix, but it was one of just two runs allowed in seven innings by Greinke, who earned the win.
Kenta Maeda faces the Diamondbacks for the fifth time in the two teams’ five series against one another this season. He has a 3.68 ERA in 22 innings in those four starts, with 20 strikeouts and three walks. LA is 2-2 in those games.
Maeda has allowed one home run to Arizona this season, a solo shot by Jake Lamb on July 17 in Phoenix.
The Dodgers had a hard time getting Lamb out in that series, with the third baseman going 7-for-12 (.583) with four extra-base hits and a walk in three games, but since then his season has cratered. After the Dodgers left town on July 17, Lamb is hitting .165/.230/324 with six home runs in 37 games.
Dodgers (76-60) vs. Diamondbacks (58-78)
Time: 5:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network