The Los Angeles Dodgers wanted a one-game playoff to win the NL West final 12 months.

That seems to have been an aberration.

After six straight victories, the Dodgers now lead the division by 13 video games, and that is a bit of extra in step with their norm of late. Los Angeles has gained the final six NL West titles, and twice the ultimate margin was in double digits. Now the Dodgers personal the very best report in baseball and are in the course of one other midseason surge.

The Dodgers are 15-6 this June, after going 17-9 in that month final 12 months and 21-7 in 2017. Their final three video games have been notably pulsating, every of them gained on a walk-off house run by a rookie. Will Smith, Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo delivered these dramatic swings in opposition to Colorado, the crew that took the division race with Los Angeles right down to the 163rd recreation final season.

The Dodgers appear keen to verify it would not come to that in 2019. Their three.16 crew ERA is the very best within the main leagues, they usually lead the Nationwide League in on-base proportion and slugging proportion. Cody Bellinger is an MVP candidate, and Max Muncy is following his 2018 breakout with one other advantageous offensive season.

On the mound, Hyun-Jin Ryu is 9-1 with a 1.27 ERA, whereas Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler have shined as effectively.

The Dodgers are nonetheless looking for their first World Sequence title since 1988, however what they’ve already completed inside their division is noteworthy. The crew that began this streak of NL West titles in 2013 included Kershaw, Ryu and Kenley Jansen, however many standouts from that crew have moved on. Los Angeles opened the NL Division Sequence in 2013 with the next eight place gamers within the beginning lineup: Carl Crawford, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Juan Uribe, Skip Schumaker and A.J. Ellis.

None of them play for the Dodgers now, however Los Angeles has remained among the many recreation’s elite groups due to new contributors like Bellinger, Corey Seager and Muncy. The trio of walk-off homers by rookies this previous week was applicable for this franchise.

Elsewhere across the majors:

ONE AWAY

The Yankees had their eight-game successful streak snapped Sunday in opposition to Houston, however they stored one other run going: New York has a house run in 26 consecutive video games. The foremost league report is 27, set by Texas in 2002.

The Yankees can match that Monday evening once they host Toronto.

HIGHLIGHT

St. Louis followers had been prepared to present Albert Pujols a heat welcome when he performed there for the primary time since leaving through free company after the 2011 season. Pujols obtained a standing ovation Friday evening, and on Saturday, he rewarded the followers with a house run and a curtain name. On Sunday, after Pujols and the Angels beat the Cardinals 6-Four, Pujols exchanged jerseys with St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.

Honorable Point out: Nomar Mazara hit a house run for Texas on Friday evening that StatCast mentioned would have gone 505 ft unimpeded.

LINE OF THE WEEK

Max Scherzer’s line Wednesday evening — no runs, 4 hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts in seven innings — wasn’t that uncommon for the Washington ace. However on this evening, he was pitching with a black eye and a damaged nostril after bunting a ball off his face in batting follow the day prior to this.

Scherzer led the Nationals to a 2-Zero win over Philadelphia. They’re nonetheless underneath .500, however they’re 13-7 this month and are solely three video games behind the NL’s second wild-card spot.

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