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Dodgers: LA Matches Moneyball Oakland A’s Record With Dominant Friday Win

It’s no surprise when the Dodgers collect a new stat or achieve a new record. The team is hot right now and isn’t showing many signs of slowing down soon. But not only are they winning, lately, they’re putting teams away by three or more runs almost every single game.

After Friday night’s 8-3 win against the Royals, the Dodgers had exceeded their biggest winning streak of the season with their 11th consecutive win, all of which have been won by multiple runs. This stat matches that of the 2002 Oakland Athletics which are colloquially referred to as the “Moneyball” A’s after being immortalized by Michael Lewis’ bestselling book of the same name and the subsequent film that’s become a baseball fan favorite since it’s release in 2011.

The “Moneyball” Athletics team, who finished with a 103-59 record, secured the AL West Championship but fell well short of a World Series appearance losing to the Minnesota Twins in the Division Championship game.

However, so far this season, the Dodgers have exceeded the 2002 A’s winning percentage of .636 with their MLB leading 78-33 record (.703). The team, just like the A’s, is also on track to clinch a division title. The San Diego Padres fall to 16 games behind LA after Friday night. 

At this point in the season, the Dodgers have shut teams down allowing 356 runs to their 597 runs scored (+241 run differential). 

LA is currently on track to win 111 games this season, a franchise record. Their run difference is predicted to be +316 by the end of the season according to FiveThirtyEight.com.

So clearly, as long as the Dodgers continue to lock it down on offense, and the pitching staff continues to shine, LA has a scary combination fit for a deep post-season run.

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