Dodgers: The Top of the Lineup is Proving to be a Lethal Force

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The Dodgers’ offense this year has been one of the most productive in all of baseball. The first half of the lineup has been particularly good, setting the team up for long-term success.

The Dodgers’ offense has been good; there has never been a doubt about that in the 2017 season. And for the most part, they have been solid from the top to the bottom of the lineup. Overall, Los Angeles’ offense ranks in the top two in the National League in almost every major offensive category. This includes on base percentage, slugging percentage, ops, and base on balls. This sort of dominance has led to a lead of 14 games over Arizona entering Friday night. The team has been excellent as a whole, but the top of the batting order has been producing in a huge way thus far.

Coming into the season, there were questions as to who would hit leadoff for this team. Logan Forsythe and Andrew Toles were the initial answer, but injuries pushed them out of that role. There were also concerns over Adrian Gonzalez’s power as the Dodgers’ cleanup hitter. Well as injuries took over those two question, two new players emerged. Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger.

With a lineup that is started by the very surprising Chris Taylor and features the massive Cody Bellinger hitting cleanup, the first four hitters in their lineup are some of the best in baseball. The core of Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger have been one of the main reasons the offense has been firing on all cylinders. Let’s take a look at what has made them so good in 2017.