Here's how the Dodgers lineup is barreling baseballs and producing bushels of runs

Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are averaging 6.9 runs per game during their nine-game win streak, batting .307 with an .865 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, 11 homers, 31 doubles and two triples since July 31.

Pan out to a wider shot of their torrid 31-5 stretch since June 29, and the Dodgers are averaging a major league-best 5.91 runs and batting .281 with an .846 OPS, 51 homers, 88 doubles and 10 triples in the 36 games.

But when asked after Tuesday night's 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins if the offense is firing on all cylinders, Max Muncy provided a response that could cause even more trepidation for opposing pitchers trying to subdue a club with a major league-best 76-33 record.

"Scary enough, I think there's still a lot more in there for the whole team," said Muncy, who hit a home run and a double in the game. "It's been looking really good lately. We've been looking good all year long.

"Yet at the same time, not all of us have gotten going all at once. Hopefully we save that for the playoffs. But right now, we're just taking it one day at a time. We're playing the game today."

The Dodgers are on a 112-win pace, and with a 16-game lead in the National League West, they are well on their way to their ninth division title in 10 years.


About their only offensive concern at the moment is that they might peak too soon, like they did in 2019 when 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 is why Dodgers manager Dave Roberts grinned when told of Muncy's comments.

"I like being greedy, I like that mindset," Roberts said. "It just guards against some complacency. You look at it collectively, and we're doing a lot of good things. I'm sure you can kind of poke holes, because a couple of guys aren't red hot right now, but one through nine, it seems like every guy up there is going to get a hit.

"As a manager, that's a really good feeling. I think for the first time all year we've had nine guys that feel pretty confident when they get in the batter's box."


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