LOS ANGELES – During last summer’s presidential pageant, we as Americans were promised so much winning “you’re going to be sick and tired of winning. You’re going to go, ‘Please, please – we can’t win anymore.’”
So – are you tired of winning yet?
“Not yet,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team’s latest victory, 2-1 over the San Francisco Giants Saturday afternoon. “Talk to me in late October, early November. But right now, we’re in a good place.”
It is just about the best place any team could be in as July winds down.
Saturday’s win extended their latest win streak to seven games and sets them up to go for a major-league-leading 14th series sweep Sunday against the tattered Giants.
They are 38-6 since June 7 and 40-10 in their past 50 games. The 44-game run is the best in franchise history and the best in baseball since the 1942 Cardinals did the same.
“It’s been crazy how well we’ve been playing the past couple months,” said rookie Cody Bellinger who pretty much knows nothing else in this major-league career. “I know it’s not normal. I know it’s pretty special.”
It is also not normal for a young left-handed hitter – in particular, one with power – to be undaunted by left-handed pitching. The Dodgers have two who are.
Corey Seager was 3 for 4 against Giants left-handed starter Ty Blach Saturday and is hitting better against lefties (.325 with a higher OPS) than righties this season. He doubled in the first and third innings off Blach. Each time Bellinger drove him in with an RBI single, providing all of the Dodgers’ offense in the game.
The RBIs ran Bellinger’s team-leading total to 69 (in just 84 games). Twenty-seven of them have come against left-handed pitching. No other left-handed hitter in the majors has driven in more runs off a left-handed pitcher. (Seager is right behind with 25.)
“It’s tough to do,” Roberts said of the challenge for young left-handed hitters. “The thing…