The Los Angeles Dodgers extended their win streak to 10 games after disposing of the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night in a 7-1 victory. They'll go for the sweep on Thursday night in what could disrupt the balance of power in the NL Central.
But more importantly, the Dodgers are continuing a trend that's been making the biggest difference in their overall season performance since 2020 -- they're absolutely crushing the month of August and separating themselves from the pack.
In 2023, the Dodgers are 14-1 in August. They swept the A's, took three out of four from the Pares, swept the D-backs, swept the Rockies, and will now look to finish the job against the Brew Crew before welcoming the Marlins to town.
The Dodgers boasting a well-oiled machine right after the trade deadline dates back four seasons. Though they didn't make any big moves during the COVID-shortened 2020, every other year featured some sort of roster adjustment that paid off massively.
In 2021 it was Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. In 2022 it was simply getting healthier plus adding Chris Martin (and Joey Gallo, who was productive for a hot second). In 2023, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Kiké Hernandez and Amed Rosario have boosted this team more than any fan could've ever imagined.
What can Dodgers' unbelievable August streak be attributed to?
From the front office pressing the right buttons to the rest of the team appropriately gelling with enough of the season under their belt to younger players stepping up when called upon, the Dodgers' formula is one to envy. Now all they need is to translate it into more postseason success for everyone to be fully satisfied.
Every year has been a different story, too. This season, the pitching staff has gone through the wringer and the offense has kept the team afloat while the rotation and bullpen worked to get back on track. In 2021 and 2022, the Dodgers were unequivocally the most talented team in the league and barely missed a beat (until injuries derailed both playoff runs). In 2020, the season essentially started in August for the Dodgers, and Mookie Betts, who was acquired that offseason, immediately jumped in and played like his MVP-self.
We'll chalk it up to a seamless process, near-flawless roster construction, and a collection of guys who understand the assignment and work incredibly well together. Enough can't be said about the praise heaped on the clubhouse after each and every one of these victories. Betts and Freddie Freeman have something glowing to tell the media each night.
Hey fellas ... now let's treat October like August. How about that?