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Two of the many reasons why the Dodgers are where they are: Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson (#31). Photo courtesy of nbclosangeles.com

 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

2017 Record: 74-31 (Best record in Major League Baseball), 14 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West

* Currently on an eight-game winning streak, and winners of 19 of their past 21 games.

* Have had winning streaks of ten and eleven games this season.

Key Hitters:

Corey Seager, SS – .304 average, 18 HR, 53 RBI

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF – .266 average, 28 HR, 69 RBI

Justin Turner, 3B – .356 average (leads National League), 11 HR, 41 RBI

Chris Taylor, LF – .312 average, 12 HR, 48 RBI

Yasmani Grandal, C – .274 average, 14 HR, 41 RBI

Yasiel Puig, RF – .255 average, 19 HR, 52 RBI

 

 

The Dodgers’ highlights from the first half of the season…

 

Key Pitchers:

Clayton Kershaw (currently on DL): 15-2, 2.04 ERA (leads MLB), 168 strikeouts

Alex Wood: 12-1, 2.38 ERA, 110 strikeouts

Kenley Jansen (closer): 5-0, 1.36 ERA, 27 saves

 

Highlights from the Dodgers’ most recent game; a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants where Kyle Farmer, in his first major league at-bat, doubled home the tying and winning runs in the 11th inning…

 

A Few Brief Words:

I have followed and been a fan of the Dodgers on at least some level for forty years, and I’ve never seen them have a season like this – so far.

Though much excitement has come from Chavez Ravine in the form of winning streaks, comeback wins, and that blue-clad team running away with the division,

And though I’m quite glad at how Dave Roberts’ team has performed,

 

 

Exploits of Cody Bellinger, who although he started the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City (the Dodgers’ top minor league club) has been an absolute stud in L.A…

 

 

It will mean absolutely nothing to me if it all doesn’t end with the blue-clad team with the interlocking “LA” on their caps hoisting the World Series trophy and the champagne pouring on heads wearing goggles at the end of October.

In light of the Dodgers acquiring Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, it became crystal clear that they feel the same way I do.

Which is why I’m withholding any real excitement until mid-to-late October.

Such excitement will grow if and when Joe Buck or whoever is calling the game in the booth announces, “The Dodgers have won the National League pennant!”

 

 

Yasiel Puig hitting two home runs in Miami, the Dodgers beating the Marlins 6-4 on July 14th…

 

In the meantime, the way the team has been playing I reckon I’ll have to go to a game this month, get a personal look at them and soak in the championship-fever atmosphere that has no doubt permeated Dodger Stadium.

I’m planning on getting tickets at the end of this week; even though the seats won’t be as good as I like, what with the Dodgers leading baseball in attendance, that’s OK.

You’ll notice that I have posted several video highlight clips of the excitement that the Dodgers have exuded in the season’ first four months, courtesy of YouTube, so enjoy.

And hope that they play this good in two months…

 

 

03 October 2014: A general view from field level during game 1 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. Nice shot of Dodger Stadium from behind home plate! Photo courtesy of abc7.com

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