LOS ANGELES -- Through 20 games in June, the Dodgers have seen a power surge.The Dodgers racked up 36 runs in four games against the Mets, belting 15 home runs, including three in their series clinching 6-3 win on Thursday night. In 14 straight games, Dodgers have homered and the
LOS ANGELES -- Through 20 games in June, the Dodgers have seen a power surge.
The Dodgers racked up 36 runs in four games against the Mets, belting 15 home runs, including three in their series clinching 6-3 win on Thursday night. In 14 straight games, Dodgers have homered and the 15 long balls in this series were the most for the club since 1997.
The Dodgers have hit 39 home runs in June, and are 15-5 this month. The victory on Thursday extended their winning streak to seven games.
"We're probably the hottest team in baseball," said Kikè Hernandez who homered on Thursday. "Offensively, and the pitching side of it as well. Hitting is contagious, when we're this hot, one through nine in the lineup, you can't get greedy and you gotta keep pounding."
Eight players smashed home runs in the four-game set sweep. Cody Bellinger collected two in the series opener and, not to be upstaged, Corey Seager crushed three home runs in the second game and Yasmani Grandal sent two balls in the bleachers in the third game of the series.
"Just when guy after guy is taking a quality at-bat," said Justin Turner about the Dodgers hot streak, "not necessarily via the homer, getting on base, taking walks doing things the right way, that's when you have success. And breaking down starting pitchers and getting into teams' bullpens, that's what we want to try and do every night."
Weather could be an attribution behind the Dodgers' recent power surge, manager Dave Roberts said.
"Once you get into now where the air is starting to get more thin and the ball is flying," Roberts said. "Everyone is aware of it, so when the ball does get in the air you kind of hold your breath a little bit, or on our side, expect it to go out. Kikè tonight, he hit the ball out in left field like a left fielder. We're elevating and good things are happening."
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.