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Dodgers: Looking Back at the Historic 60 Game Stretch in 2017

Fans of the Dodgers remember a lot about the 2017 season. We all remember that the 2017 team was never truly out of any ballgame, no matter the inning or deficit. We also remember that they were so close to their first World Series in almost 30 years before Houston decided to cheat us out of it. 

What fans often don’t remember is the ridiculous winning streak that the 2017 Dodgers went on. Granted, it was followed by a pretty ridiculous losing streak that kept them from the single-season win record. Regardless, we choose to remember the good here.

In the context of a looming 60-game season, we’re going to look back at one of the most ridiculous stretches of games in MLB history. From June 16th to August 25th of 2017, the Dodgers went 50-10 to take a commanding lead in the NL West.

What started with a one-game lead in the division ended with a 20-game lead over the second-place Diamondbacks. Cody Bellinger was one of the many bright spots in the lineup during this stretch, hitting over .290 with 16 homeruns and 30 runs driven in. Clayton Kershaw sat out all of August with a back injury, but pitched in 7 games to the tune of a 1.62 earned run average. 

That being said, no Dodgers player was hotter than Corey Seager in that stretch of games. Seager hit .344 with 10 homeruns and a ridiculous .403 on-base percentage. He had a batting average of .416 on balls in play and was absolutely tearing the cover off of the ball.

With all of that in mind, it’s easy to imagine the Dodgers having a crazy good 2020 season. Not only do they still have all of those guys, but they’ve also added Mookie Betts and some other talent into the mix. It would be a battle, but don’t be surprised if Los Angeles wins a whole lot of games this season.

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