Apstein: Are the Dodgers on the verge of becoming the best team in baseball history?

From Stephanie Apstein at Sports Illustrated on August 23, 2017:

[Justin] Turner is not the prankster; that’s super utilityman Enrique Hernández, who recently set up a hidden camera to film himself jumping out of a laundry hamper at unsuspecting teammates. Turner’s not the adult in the room; that’s silver-haired second baseman Chase Utley, who strength coach Brandon McDaniel jokes has “never made a mistake in his life.” Turner doesn’t host team dinners (that’s Adrián González) or have T-shirts made (Yasiel Puig). But the Dodgers—with an 87–35 record at week’s end that led the majors by 12 games and had them on pace for a record-tying 116 wins—are Justin Turner’s team.


Expectations were high for the Dodgers from the beginning, but no one could have foreseen the juggernaut they’ve become. They opened the season with, according to Baseball Prospectus, a 90.6% chance of making the playoffs. They haven’t dipped below 100% since June 26. They have allowed the fewest runs in baseball and scored the sixth most. They went on a 51–9 tear through last Friday, the best 60-game stretch in 105 years. They haven’t lost a series since the first week of June. If they don’t rest their starters in September they have a real chance to break the record of 116 wins.

Read the full article here: https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/08/22/los-angeles-dodgers-justin-turner

Originally published: August 23, 2017. Last Updated: August 23, 2017.