Los Angeles Dodgers reach 90 wins before September

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Yasmani Grandal (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Yasmani Grandal (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

It is only August. Back to school shopping is upon us, the summer is coming to a close and the Los Angeles Dodgers already have 90 wins.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached 90 wins for the fifth consecutive season, they’ve only done that once before back when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1951-1956. A great achievement made even greater by the fact that the Dodgers only have 36 losses.

That’s right with their third win in a four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates today, the Dodgers are playing winning baseball at a .714 clip. The Dodgers have joined just 12 other teams to reach 90 wins in 126 games going back to 1900.

The Dodgers are doing all of this and it’s only August 24th, if they continue to play at this rate the with their magic number being 15 they can possibly clinch the National League West by September 2nd.

Last night the Dodgers offense failed repeatedly to get one crucial run before nine innings, that is only significant because starting pitcher Rich Hill pitched nine innings of no hit ball. However, when the first hit Hill allowed was a walk off home run in the tenth, you could have expected the effects to carry over to the next day.

Not these Dodgers, not the team that hasn’t lost a series since the first week of June. The Dodgers won by doing what they do best, solid pitching, good defense, and timely hitting. Starter Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 6 innings scattering 4 hits giving up only one run, Ryu has been lights out since the All-Star game with an ERA of 1.54 in his five starts.

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He was backed up by a spectacular play in the third inning by Justin Turner at third base, Turner made a diving stop of a sure double that could have broken an early 1-1 tie to throw out the runner.

The offense had no let down this time as they scored runs with two out singles, and they unleashed their home run powers with solo shots by Curtis, Granderson, Yasmani Grandal and Adrian Gonzalez. For Gonzalez, it was his first home run since coming off the disabled list the veteran first baseman is trying to secure a roster spot for the postseason.

When Ryu faltered the bullpen picked him up giving up only one run over the last three innings, they were so good Brandon Morrow gave closer Kenley Jansen the night off getting the save on a 98 mph fastball to get a final strikeout.

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At this point, the Los Angeles Dodgers are counting down the days to October. The team must take it one game at a time without getting too high or too low. 90 wins is great but this team is worried about 11 wins, that’s how many it takes to win the World Series. Come October they just might get there.