The Dodgers are averaging 6.9 runs per game throughout their nine-game win streak, batting .307 having an .865 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, 11 homers, 31 doubles and two triples since July 31.
Pan out to a wider shot of these torrid 31-5 stretch since June 29, and the Dodgers are averaging a significant league-best 5.91 runs and batting .281 having an .846 OPS, 51 homers, 88 doubles and 10 triples in the 36 games.
However when asked after Tuesday nights 10-3 victory on the Minnesota Twins if the offense is firing on all cylinders, Max Muncy provided a reply which could cause a lot more trepidation for opposing pitchers attempting to subdue a club with a significant league-best 76-33 record.
Scary enough, I believe theres still much more in there for your team, said Muncy, who hit a house run and a double in the overall game. Its been looking excellent lately. Weve been looking good throughout the year.
Yet simultaneously, not all folks have gotten going all at one time. Hopefully we save that for the playoffs. But at this time, were just taking it 1 day at the same time. Were playing the overall game today.
The Dodgers are on a 112-win pace, sufficient reason for a 16-game lead in the National League West, they’re well on the solution to their ninth division title in 10 years.
About their only offensive concern right now is they might peak too early, like they did in 2019 if they won 106 games and took the NL West by 21 games before fizzling in a first-round playoff loss to the eventual World Series-champion Washington Nationals.
Which explains why Dodgers manager Dave Roberts grinned when told of Muncys comments.
I love being greedy, I love that mind-set, Roberts said. It just guards against some complacency. You consider it collectively, and we’re performing a lot of good stuff. I’m sure it is possible to sort of poke holes, just because a handful of guys aren’t red hot at this time, but one through nine, it looks like every guy up there’s going to get yourself a hit.
As a manager, that is clearly a excellent feeling. I believe for the very first time all year we’ve had nine guys that feel pretty confident if they enter the batter’s box.
The very best four batters in the order Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and can Smith have carried the offense for some of the growing season, plus they have combined going to .336 with five homers, 12 doubles, 29 RBIs and 28 runs through the nine-game win streak. Gavin Lux has been solid all season, batting .297 with a .795 OPS, 27 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs.
But Muncy and Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL most effective player who has struggled so much this year hes been dropped to the ninth spot in the order, have already been warming up, and Justin Turner had two hits in his return from an abdominal strain Tuesday night, adding more depth to the lineup.
Muncy was slowed in the initial half by his recovery from the left elbow injury that knocked him out from the playoffs last October, the infielder batting .158 with a .612 OPS, nine homers and 31 RBIs in his first 79 games through late July.
But he could be batting .316 with three homers, four doubles and eight RBIs in 10 games since July 28, and he drove a 412-foot homer to right-center field in the 3rd inning and smoked a 105.8-mph RBI double to right in the seventh Tuesday night.
It feels excellent, Muncy said. Its a small amount of a relief for me personally. All of the work Im investing in is finally paying down a bit. But Ive surely got to stay with it. I cant believe that Im from it yet. Ive still got plenty of work to accomplish.
Bellinger is batting .212 with a .674 OPS, 15 homers, 48 RBIs and 110 strikeouts but has made more consistent contact in his last 12 games, batting .267 with a .936 OPS, three homers, six doubles and 13 RBIs. He homered twice in Sunday nights make an impression on NORTH PARK.
Justin Turner was on a tear prior to going on the injured list, hitting .431 with a 1.180 OPS, four homers and 16 RBIs in 17 games from June 30 to July 27. He doubled to left-center in the 3rd inning, singled to right in the fifth and drove in a run with a groundout in the seventh Tuesday night.
Its remarkable, Roberts said. J.T. has already established some bouts on the IL, but it’s amazing how he is able to come back rather than miss a beat and take good at-bats, throw hits on the market, utilize the whole field, when he hadn’t played much in several weeks.
Its a credit to him knowing his body and what must be done to conduct an at-bat. Having him back there driving in runs, running counts, seeing pitches, all that stuff just makes our lineup so dangerous.
The Dodgers even got a contribution from Joey Gallo, the former two-time All-Star who’s attempting to resuscitate his career following a brutal 140-game stretch in NY, where he hit .159 with 25 homers and 194 strikeouts in 501 plate appearances on the second 1 / 2 of 2021 and first 1 / 2 of 2022.
Gallo, acquired from the Yankees at the trade deadline, looked overmatched in a two-inning simulated game against rehabilitating Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol on Tuesday afternoon.
Then your game started and he crushed a 112.3-mph missile to right field for a double in his first at-bat, the second-hardest hit ball by way of a Dodgers player this year. He popped out and struck out twice in his final three at-bats.
That may execute a lot for him, Roberts said of Gallos hit. He’s working very difficult. It is possible to always encourage a new player, but and soon you get results, you drive in a run, then it starts to sort of become real.
THEREFORE I know there is a big weight off his shoulders. He’s working his tail off, also to get rewarded was good. We are all excited for him.
This story originally appeared in LA Times.