Or maybe it just seems like it, what with the Dodgers busting at a 39-8 run. When you’re winning at a .830 clip, losses are almost looked upon with disdain, like strange aberrations that have mistakenly wandered onto the wrong field.
Like all statistics, the numbers can be maneuvered. Still, 47-game stretches playing this well make for some interesting numbers and deserve a closer look:
Suspect you’ve never seen a Dodgers’ team play so well? Eliminate suspicions, this is the best 47-game stretch in the franchise’s modern era (since 1900).
It is the best 47-game stretch for any major league team since 1951 (New York Giants). The last team to win 40 games in a 48-game stretch was the 1942 Cardinals (41-7).
The Dodgers had baseball’s fourth-worst record on June 22 (30-42) and were 16 games behind the team with baseball’s best record (St. Louis). Less than eight weeks later they have the fifth-best record in the majors and trail the team with the best mark (now Atlanta) by 3 1/2 games.
The Dodgers are 22-3 since the All-Star break and are a season-high 19 games over .500.
The Dodgers have won 11 consecutive one-run games, a franchise record.
The Dodgers are unbeaten in their last 16 series (12-0-4) and have not dropped a series since June 14-16 at Pittsburgh (going 1-2).
Since the All-Star break, their bullpen has posted a 1.74 ERA and held opponents to a .175 batting average.
Their rotation has a 13-1 record and a 1.72 ERA in its last 18 starts.
The Dodgers have won a season-high seven consecutive games and a victory Wednesday night would give them their eighth series sweep.
The Dodgers have also seen a 37% ratings increase on Prime Ticket this year over 2012 -- the third-largest jump in local broadcast viewership this season, according to MLB.