PHOENIX — On Thursday, the Dodgers were joined by a handful of pitchers — particularly Clayton Kershaw and Blake Treinen — who are quiet rehabbing from their respective injuries.
The Dodgers are optimistic they’ll be at pudgy strength one day later in the season, but having the pitchers around served as a reminder of the quality of gamers the Dodgers haven’t had the posh of the exercise of in the midst of the most up-to-date stretch of 31 video games in 30 days.
However minutes into the sequence opener towards the D-backs, the Dodgers were mercurial reminded they quiet have Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman at their disposal, both of whom are in a position to eradicating every other express the relaxation of the roster might possibly well possibly well need.
The two superstars persisted their most up-to-date dominance on the plate, combining to creep 7-for-10 with a homer and three doubles in the Dodgers’ 14-1 rout over the D-backs at Bolt Field. With Betts and Freeman leading the payment in the 24-hit barrage, every starter for the Dodgers recorded a minimal of two hits for lawful the 2d time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The Dodgers (30-14) furthermore grew to turn into the NL’s first crew to reach 30 wins this season.
“The closing 10 days, we’ve been in a space to strike first and in most cases and tack on runs, and Mookie and Freddie are a mountainous phase of that,” acknowledged Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “These guys price the trot, so that they’re always on hideous. They control the strike zone, and whilst you throw it in the strike zone, they might be able to slug you. Appropriate a deadly aggregate.”
Freeman and Betts carried out first and 2d, respectively, in the 2020 NL MVP vote casting. They’re starting up to expose flashes of their performances in the midst of that abbreviated 60-sport season, a upsetting perceive for the relaxation of the league.
Freeman led the plan in which on Thursday with his 2d four-hit performance of the season. He smacked his first homer since April 24 and carried out with a season-high 5 RBIs. With two more doubles, the 5-time All-Celebrity tied Corridor of Famer Jackie Robinson for the most doubles (18) via the Dodgers’ first 44 video games of a season.
Freeman furthermore leads the crew with a .312 moderate and seven video games with three or more hits. Justin Turner led the crew with 10 such video games closing season. Freeman, who has played in every Dodgers sport this season, has over 100 more to surpass that worth.
“These are the more or less nights where you lawful relax and smile because these don’t occur very typically,” Freeman acknowledged. “It’s nice to be a phase of it.”
Presumably the handiest particular person playing better than Freeman is Betts. Along with his fifth three-hit performance in Might possibly well possibly unprejudiced, Betts is 33-for-93 (.355) with 9 homers and 24 RBIs this month. He has considered his season OPS leap from .720 to .978 over the closing 23 video games. His batting moderate has furthermore spiked over .300 for the principle time this season, and he has furthermore scored a minimal of one flee in 13 consecutive starts.
“Plenty of appropriate quality at-bats all around,” Roberts acknowledged. “Mookie lawful continues to be out of this world.”
Kershaw is quiet a pair of weeks from returning to the mound as he works via one other support express. Treinen is a minimal of a pair of months away. Tommy Kahnle’s timeline is a miniature bit cloudy till he begins throwing, but he’s anticipated to miss out on a appropriate chunk of time. Andrew Heaney is progressing properly in his rehab, throwing a 50-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
Then there’s Max Muncy, who might possibly well possibly well doubtlessly land on the injured list as he works via some discomfort in the left elbow that had a torn UCL lawful seven months ago.
These are all gamers the Dodgers wish they’d on the field in the midst of this stretch. At one point, there were questions whether or not they were going so as to face as a lot as the flurry of injuries. The answer has been a resounding sure, and that has all began with their two superstars on the kill.
“It’s wild,” acknowledged Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner, relating to the performances of Freeman and Betts. “You lead off the sport with support-to-support doubles with appropriate pieces of hitting, too, hitting the ball the various plan. We talk about it so a lot as of late, because they’ve been so appropriate.”