Top Five Reasons The Dodgers Are Still in First Place at The Break

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Solid pitching

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t been as dominating as he was last season, and the back end of the rotation has been riddled with injuries but the Dodgers still have had one of the top pitching staffs in all of Baseball. As a matter of fact the club’s staff ranks fourth in the majors with a 3.30 ERA. Dodger pitchers have limited opposing hitters to a .242 batting average against. They rank fourth in WHIP (1.19), and have issued the fifth least amount of walks (226) in the majors.

The Dodgers have pitched well with runners in scoring position too. They rank seventh in the Majors with a .243 batting average against. The Dodgers also have the second most strikeouts (783) in Baseball. Power pitching, limiting walks, and stranding runners have been a huge reason for the club’s overall success this year.

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