Dodgers: Two Dodger home run records could fall in September
The Dodgers enter the final month of the season with two home run records that could fall. One club record and one individual record.
The calendar has now turned to September and the Dodgers are rounding third and heading home to finish yet another regular season. In the final month of the regular season there are two Dodger home run records that could fall; one individual record and one club record.
The 2018 Dodgers set the franchise record for home runs in a season with 235 home runs. Entering September the 2019 Dodgers are a lock to pass that mark as they currently have 234 home runs. Even without the services of Max Muncy for a few weeks, the blue should have no problem hitting a few more home runs this season.
Interestingly enough, the 2017 Dodgers are third on the list with 221 home runs so that further fuels the debate that the baseballs are “juiced”. The top three home run hitting clubs in Dodger history have come since 2017 when speculation began that something was different with the baseballs that were being used.
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The other Dodger home run record that could fall in September is an individual one and that is LA’s single season home run record. Shawn Green set the mark back in 2001 when he blasted 49 home runs to set the new club record. Cody Bellinger enters September with 42 home runs. He would need eight home runs in the final month to set a new club record.
Even though he has scuffled a bit in September, Cody did hit eight home run31s in August so eight more in September is certainly doable. Counting only the full months of the season from April to August, Bellinger has averaged 7.6 home runs a month. April was his best month when he clobbered 10 home runs.
In addition to chasing the Dodgers’ single season home run record, Bellinger will also look to chase down his first National League MVP award. Cody has some ground to make up after a below average August but a red hot September could be enough to surpass Christian Yelich and Ronald Acuna Jr.
Another neat feat that the Dodgers could accomplish in September is tying the 1977 team with four thirty home run hitters. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy have already passed the 30 home run mark while Joc Pederson (27) and Justin Turner (26) are both within reach of thirty home runs. Hopefully the Dodgers shatter both home run records in September before adding that elusive WS title to their team records.