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Slugging milestones in sight for Dodgers

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Even though the win every day pattern was disrupted on Tuesday night, the Dodgers’ power was on display in their loss to the Diamondbacks, which gives us a chance to look at some potential franchise milestones in play for the 2017 club.

The Dodgers hit two home runs and two doubles on Tuesday, giving them a whopping 52 straight games with at least two extra-base hits, the longest streak in MLB dating back to at least 1913, per STATS LLC.

We have talked often about how the club is on pace for franchise records in both home runs and doubles. The current pace is 323 doubles and 243 home runs, with team records of 307 and 211, respectively.

The Dodgers are slugging .457 as a team*, the second-highest in club history, behind only the juggernaut 1953 Brooklyn team (.474).

*Among the many reasons why a Dodgers-Astros would be a fun World Series matchup is getting to face that Houston offense. The Astros are slugging an absurd .503 while averaging 5.90 runs per game.

The highest slugging percentage by a Dodgers team since moving to Los Angeles is .432, in 2006.

Justin Turner is heating up again, with two more home runs on Tuesday, and four in his last three games. He has 15 on the season, and with 50 games remaining is a good bet to reach 20.

The Dodgers have had three infielders hit 20 home runs just once, in 1979, when first baseman Steve Garvey, second baseman Davey Lopes and third baseman Ron Cey all finished with 28 long balls. This season, Cody Bellinger has 32 — including 23 at first base — with Corey Seager at 19 and Turner at 15.

Davey Lopes hit a career-high 28 home runs in 1979, one of three Dodgers infielders to do so that season.
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Turner is chasing the Dodgers’ first batting (average) title since Tommy Davis in 1963, hitting .351/.443/.566 at the moment. Daniel Murphy of the Nationals ranks second at .332. Turner also has a narrow on-base percentage lead over extraordinary first basemen Joey Votto (.439) and Paul Goldschmidt (.437), trying to become the first Dodgers OBP leader since Pedro Guerrero (.422) in 1985.

Seager, who has already passed his 2016 walk total, is at .307/.398/.530. The club hasn’t had two qualified players with a .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage since 1953, when Duke Snider (.336/.419/.627) and Jackie Robinson (.329/.425/.502) turned the trick.

The Dodgers haven’t had a single .400/.500 player since Gary Sheffield hit .311/.417/.583 in 2001.

Seager is sitting on 29 doubles, on pace for 43 after hitting 40 doubles as a rookie in 2016. Only five Dodgers ever have multiple 40-double seasons -- Babe Herman (three times), Zack Wheat, Johnny Frederick, Raul Mondesi and Shawn Green.

In addition to Turner and Seager, the Dodgers also have Bellinger (.607) and Chris Taylor (.546) slugging over .500.

The club hasn’t had four qualified players slug .500 in a season since 1955. The most since moving to Los Angeles is three players, most recently in 2001, when Sheffield, Green, and Paul Lo Duca did the deed.

The franchise record is five players with a .500 slugging percentage, back to that 1953 Brooklyn team again. This season, Yasiel Puig with his career high in home runs is also lurking with a .476 slugging percentage. Yasmani Grandal is also at .473, though with 342 plate appearances is on the borderline for qualifying.

If Bellinger can keep up his slugging pace, he’s in line for the first Dodgers .600 slugging percentage since Adrian Beltre in 2004 (.629). That was also the last 40-homer season by a Dodger, and Bellinger is eight away.