On the day they tied the MLB record by sending their 27th player to the DL in one season, the LA Dodgers got arguably their biggest win of the season.
Fresh off stomping the Reds 18-9 in Cincy on Monday, the Boys in Blue came home and wrecked the Giants 9-5 to take a 2-game lead in the NL West. And they did it by tagging Madison Bumgarner for 5 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings. It’s the fifth straight time the Dodgers have won a game that Bumgarner started.
Who the hell beats the Giants five times in a row when Mad Bum starts?! I really didn’t think it was possible. Then again, I sure as hell didn’t see the Dodgers being where they are right now. Not when I saw where they were less than two months ago.
Remember when this team looked dead in the water after Clayton Kershaw went down in late June? And how everyone was freaking out that they needed to make a big move to stay afloat? And then buried the team completely when they didn’t? Yeah, me neither.
Because somehow, since Kershaw went down, they’re winning at a better clip than they were with him. Just don’t come in here with some sort of idiotic “addition by subtraction” take. No chance. This isn’t that the team is better without Kershaw, it’s that they stepped up without Kershaw. Especially the offense.
These cats are raking. Adrian Gonzalez had three homers on Monday and then another two hits and 3 RBI last night. Corey Seager, who’s already locked up the Rookie of the Year and making a serious run at NL MVP, had another three hits last night. And it’s not just the stars. Check out Rob Segedin, a 27-year-old rookie, who got his first major league homer on Monday, and then homered again on Tuesday, before being taken out of the game so he could attend the birth of his son. And he made it to the hospital in time. Have yourself a day, Rob Segedin! This guy nearly retired last year after being demoted to Double-A by the Yankees and now he’s homering off Mad Bum in late August with the Dodgers.
I’m not sure who deserves more credit – Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers front office for not panicking and making a move out of desperation and because everyone was saying they had to or they’d be dead. Or manager Dave Roberts for how he’s kept guys grinding and believing. Or the players themselves.
The only other team in MLB history to put 27 players on the DL in the same season was the 2012 Red Sox and they finished with 69 wins. The Dodgers already have 70 and a lead in the division. Not only have they put 27 guys on the DL, five of them have had multiple stints. And yet somehow, they’re still in this. And they’ve got a better look at it than the Giants.
And speaking of Kershaw, he threw a bullpen session yesterday and said he’s “optimistic” that he’ll be able to return this season. If he’s anywhere close to what he was in the first half of the season, and the offense stays this hot, look the hell out. If Kershaw’s Kershaw, the Dodgers are definitely the team to beat in the West.