The scouting report on the
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The Dodgers lead the
The Dodgers completed a series sweep and extended their winning streak to seven games. They lead the
The Dodgers' power surge has not just surprised outsiders.
"Wow," Puig said. "Who's raking home runs?"
Puig mentioned one name:
The home runs Sunday came from
The Dodgers also had seven doubles, one shy of the Los Angeles record. The Dodgers lead the league in runs, doubles, walks, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Their league-leading OPS (on-base plus slugging) is .885; the next-best team is Colorado, at .744.
Dodgers management is wary of claiming too much success two weeks into the season. This is a front office that is well aware of small sample sizes. But it also is a front office well aware of depth, the area on which the Dodgers focused last winter, while the
"We feel like we have a very deep lineup," said
"The quality of our at-bats has been tremendous and has played a large role in the offensive success we have enjoyed to date."
With Kemp and Ramirez gone, the Dodgers' power was supposed to be gone too.
"I've already explained it a million times," Gonzalez said. "We lost two guys and gained four."
Pederson, the new center fielder, and Kendrick, the new second baseman, each hit his second home run Sunday.
"You make it up incrementally," said
Kemp hit 25 last year. The injury-prone Ramirez hit 13, although Van Slyke gave him credit for the home runs he could hit when healthy.
"You're definitely subtracting 25 and 25," Van Slyke said. "I guess we're just spreading it out."
The day spotlighted the diversity of the Dodgers' offense. They got nine of their 14 hits from backups: Van Slyke, infielder
But a seven-game winning streak makes for a light clubhouse. Gonzalez made the third out in each of his at-bats, so he playfully hollered at a team publicist, wanting to know if he had set a record by making the third out five times in eight innings.
"Let's find out," Gonzalez said, smiling. "I want that one."