clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Dodgers season in thirds: Breaking down 2020 in 20-game chunks

New, 54 comments

Imagine 13-7 as your worst 20-game stretch

Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

It’s been a while since I dusted off the season in thirds breakdown. It feels weird to do so in such a short season, since a third of a normal season (54 games) is almost as long as the entirety of the 2020 schedule.

But I had some time on my hands, so here is a look at the Dodgers’ year so far, in 20-game chunks.

Generally speaking, the Dodgers pitching was better in the first 20 games, but the offense has picked up the slack over the last 20, keeping the run differential quite consistent.

‘20 Dodgers, 20 games at a time

Split Record Runs scored Runs allowed Run diff. BA/OBP/SLG HR ERA
Split Record Runs scored Runs allowed Run diff. BA/OBP/SLG HR ERA
1st 20 games 13-7 107 56 +51 .239/.320/.453 36 2.32
2nd 20 games 17-3 121 70 +51 .269/.349/.493 39 3.19

The Dodgers tied their best 40-game start in franchise history, which includes 17-3 in the last 20. They have actually won 19 of their last 22, but we’re only interested in 20-game stretches here.

On offense, Mookie Betts and Corey Seager have been excellent pretty much the whole year.

“He’s been pretty hot, pretty consistent all year. I’ll take this if we can do it throughout the postseason,” manager Dave Roberts said Friday of Betts. “He’s just very consistent, and that’s what great players do.”

Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy started off terribly but picked it up late, while A.J. Pollock was hot early but has cooled off since.

2020 Dodgers in thirds — batting

Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Barnes -- 1st 20 31 3 7 1 1 6 0 2 0.226 0.273 0.355 0.628
Barnes -- 2nd 20 33 6 10 1 0 3 2 4 0.303 0.368 0.333 0.702
Beaty -- 1st 20 20 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 0.100 0.182 0.250 0.432
Beaty -- 2nd 20 26 6 9 1 1 4 0 1 0.346 0.393 0.500 0.893
Bellinger -- 1st 20 79 12 13 2 2 7 1 6 0.165 0.224 0.266 0.489
Bellinger -- 2nd 20 67 14 20 3 8 15 3 10 0.299 0.390 0.701 1.091
Betts -- 1st 20 72 14 23 6 7 15 1 6 0.319 0.380 0.694 1.074
Betts -- 2nd 20 77 17 23 2 6 15 5 12 0.299 0.389 0.558 0.947
Hernández -- 1st 20 53 10 14 3 1 6 0 1 0.264 0.291 0.415 0.706
Hernández -- 2nd 20 47 5 8 1 2 7 0 3 0.170 0.216 0.319 0.535
Lux -- 2nd 20 20 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 0.150 0.227 0.200 0.427
Muncy -- 1st 20 77 9 13 2 4 5 0 10 0.169 0.289 0.351 0.640
Muncy -- 2nd 20 62 15 16 1 6 16 0 14 0.258 0.392 0.565 0.957
Pederson -- 1st 20 54 11 9 0 3 7 1 8 0.167 0.286 0.333 0.619
Pederson -- 2nd 20 40 7 9 3 3 5 0 2 0.225 0.311 0.525 0.836
Pollock -- 1st 20 56 8 16 5 5 11 0 6 0.286 0.355 0.643 0.998
Pollock -- 2nd 20 70 9 18 4 3 9 2 2 0.257 0.274 0.443 0.717
Rios -- 1st 20 24 4 6 1 3 6 0 0 0.250 0.308 0.667 0.974
Rios -- 2nd 20 11 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0.182 0.167 0.364 0.530
Ruiz -- 2nd 20 8 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.625 0.875
Seager -- 1st 20 54 11 18 4 4 9 0 4 0.333 0.390 0.630 1.019
Seager -- 2nd 20 80 13 26 5 5 18 1 5 0.325 0.360 0.575 0.935
Smith -- 1st 20 32 4 6 1 2 8 0 8 0.188 0.341 0.406 0.748
Smith -- 2nd 20 25 8 7 2 3 6 0 8 0.280 0.455 0.720 1.175
Taylor -- 1st 20 59 8 17 2 1 8 1 10 0.288 0.400 0.407 0.807
Taylor -- 2nd 20 60 11 14 5 1 6 2 8 0.233 0.324 0.367 0.690
Turner -- 1st 20 75 11 20 6 2 15 0 7 0.267 0.349 0.453 0.802
Turner -- 2nd 20 42 6 13 1 0 5 1 7 0.310 0.442 0.333 0.776

I decided not to break down the pitchers individually, since 20 games is such a small stretch when appearing infrequently. But here are the pitching numbers, split into starters and relievers.

The one change I did make was counting Caleb Ferguson’s “start” on August 27 in San Francisco, pitching one inning to begin a bullpen game in the second game of a doubleheader, as part of the relief numbers.

2020 Dodgers in thirds — pitching

Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP FIP
Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP FIP
Starters -- 1st 20 20 7-4 4.98/start 80 40 36 31 87 3.25 1.114 4.63
Starters -- 2nd 20 19 6-0 4.96/start 76 34 32 24 93 3.05 1.060 4.20
Bullpen -- 1st 20 83 6-3, 5 Sv 82⅓ 52 16 11 28 87 1.20 0.972 2.50
Bullpen -- 2nd 20 80 11-3, 6 Sv 83⅓ 61 36 31 26 72 3.35 1.044 4.35

So there you have it. The Dodgers are two-thirds into their season, and have one third remaining. Let’s see what the final 20 games bring.