One winning streak after another … the Dodgers won't stop. A 26-4 stretch? Believe it.Already owners of MLB's longest active streak of division titles at four straight, the Dodgers look ready to extend their dominance to five. Not only that, but Los Angeles seems primed to run away from the
One winning streak after another … the Dodgers won't stop. A 26-4 stretch? Believe it.
Already owners of MLB's longest active streak of division titles at four straight, the Dodgers look ready to extend their dominance to five. Not only that, but Los Angeles seems primed to run away from the National League West, despite the fact that the upstart D-backs (53-36) and Rockies (52-39) sport two of the five best records in baseball.
Coming out of the All-Star break, the Dodgers have a 7 1/2-game divsion lead thanks in large part to an incredible stretch to close the first half. First, they put together a six-game winning streak from June 7-14. After a loss at Clevelend on June 15, Los Angeles went on a 10-game run from June 16-25. A ho-hum 4-3 stretch was then followed by a six-game winning streak to wrap up the half.
The most recent team to pull off a 26-4 run? Fittingly, it was the 2013 Dodgers -- the club that started Los Angeles' current run of division titles.
Since the turn of the century, the only other franchises to pull off such a feat have been the A's, who did it in both 2001 and '02 during their "Moneyball" heyday, and the '01 Mariners, who went on to win an MLB-record 116 games.
Going back further? In the past 50 years, the 1977 Royals, '84 Tigers and '98 Yankees also won at least 26 times in a 30-game stretch. The latter two clubs, of course, went on to win it all during those seasons -- an exclusive club the Dodgers hope to join this year.
Jeff Gold is a social QA editor for MLB.com.