The Dodgers are playing its best baseball this year as the team is in the midst of a season-long seven-game win streak. The schedule should not be to blame for the Dodgers long winning streak.
According to Dave Roberts, the win streak should be accredited to the roster rather than the schedule. Not only is Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts and James Outman having their best stretch of the season right now, the trade deadline acquisitions are also contributing to the teams success.
“I don’t think it’s a softer schedule,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The guys that we acquired at the deadline are a big part of it. I think Lance (Lynn), Joe (Kelly) and Ryan Yarbrough have done a fantastic job. I think the bullpen has settled in.Via Orange County Register
All three of the pitching moves the Dodgers have made look like they are paying off.
Since coming to Los Angeles Lance Lynn has turned his season around. In three starts, Lynn has yet to lose a game and has an ERA of 2.00. Before before traded Lynn had the worst ERA in the league at 6.47.
Joe Kelly has also started pitching better ever since he’s come back to Los Angeles. In four appearances he’s only given up one hit and has struck out seven batters.
Ryan Yarborough was traded over from the Royals and he has been exactly what the Dodgers needed out of the bullpen. In 2 appearances, Yarborough has been a long reliever already pitching seven innings. Currently, he has only given up one run and has a WHIP under .600.
Thanks to the improved pitching, Roberts believes that the team is winning because of the pitchers not the schedule.
“I think has been a big lift for all of us. I don’t think it’s the opponents. When we weren’t throwing the baseball (well), I don’t think it really mattered who we were playing either. It just wasn’t a good result. We’ve thrown the baseball much better.”Via Orang County Register
During its seven-game win streak the Dodgers have only given up 16 runs, including the seven given up during Monday’s afternoon game against the Padres.
The schedule will get tougher for the Dodgers as they have two teams vying for a playoff spot coming to Dodger Stadium this week. The Brewers and Marlins will put the Dodgers to the test.
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