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Dodgers look to double up in Cincinnati

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers will try to beat the Reds for the fifth time in five tries in 2017 on Saturday afternoon in the middle game of a weekend series at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

In Friday’s win the Dodgers hit a pair of doubles, with Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson doing the honors.

The club is tied for the major league lead with 134 doubles on the season, the same as the Nationals. On pace for 319 doubles, the Dodgers are still on pace to set a franchise record for doubles in a season.

But what has been notable about this season is how much the doubles have been spread around among Dodgers hitters. Here are the Dodgers with double-digit doubles on the season:

  • Corey Seager 17
  • Yasmani Grandal 15
  • Kiké Hernandez 15
  • Justin Turner 14
  • Chris Taylor 12
  • Adrian Gonzalez 11

We aren't even at the halfway point of the season, yet the Dodgers are seemingly chock full of players on their way to at least 20 doubles this season.

The Dodgers record for most players with 20 doubles in a season is eight, done twice. The 1934 squad in Brooklyn hit 284 doubles — in 154 games; their 162-game pace was 299 — led by second baseman Tony Cuccinello’s 32. The 2002 Dodgers also had eight players hit 20 doubles, led by Paul Lo Duca’s 38. That club hit 286 doubles, which was good for only eighth in the National League.

Of that list above, I’d guess at least five are good bets to reach 20 doubles, with Gonzalez’s injury putting a cloud over his chances. But there are more candidates in waiting. Yasiel Puig has nine doubles. Cody Bellinger has eight, and he missed the first 20 games of the season. Pederson has eight doubles, and he has spent two different stints on the disabled list.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA