Justin Turner couldn’t determine the wrongdoer. It may need been a member of the workforce. It may need been a Citi Area help staffer. Turner was not sure who requested what the Dodgers’ document was after Sunday’s eight-zero victory over the New York Mets, however he was constructive concerning the response.
“Who cares?” got here the refrain contained in the meals room of the guests’ clubhouse.
To be clear: The document is seventy nine-32. It’s the greatest in baseball. The group is on tempo for one hundred fifteen wins, one shy of the fashionable report set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Since 1954, solely two groups have gained one hundred ten video games or extra. Every day, the Dodgers march towards historical past.
But, contained in the day-to-day operations of this juggernaut, there’s solely calm. The gamers don’t fixate on the results of their actions. They don’t fear about any extreme strain for October. They present up a number of hours earlier than every recreation, stage a 3-hour demolition of that night time’s opponent and head out, able to repeat the method the subsequent day.
“Nobody is actually wanting again at what we’ve already executed,” Turner stated. “Nobody is wanting forward. It’s not about making an attempt to determine who we’re going to match up with within the playoffs. It’s about displaying up, making an attempt to win a ballgame that day. That’s all that issues.”
On this collection, which the Dodgers swept with a cumulative 21-four rating, the workforce displayed the depth of its expertise. They acquired contributions from each spot within the lineup, from the highest of the beginning rotation to the again finish, from the unseen actors providing knowledge and perception to the gamers.
On Friday, new arrival Yu Darvish benefited from sequencing recommendation given by basic supervisor Farhan Zaidi. Two days later, the lineup seized on info from the advance scouting division and first base coach George Lombard to terrorize Mets starter Steven Matz for 3 stolen bases within the first inning.
“It’s a very good feeling to point out up each single day — whatever the circumstances, the opponent, the situation — and anticipate to win,” supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “And we’re doing that.”
The Dodgers hung three runs on Matz within the first inning and Turner provided a two-run shot within the third. Cody Bellinger capped the scoring with a two-run blast within the eighth. Amid the flurry of run help, Hyun-Jin Ryu (four-6) gave up one hit, a 3rd-inning single by Travis d’Arnaud, in seven innings. No different Met reached base towards him.
“Our workforce expects nothing however profitable,” Ryu stated. “As a beginning pitcher, I attempt to put my teammates able the place they will win.”
Like Kenta Maeda earlier within the week, Ryu appeared unfazed by Darvish’s arrival. With Darvish on the roster, it seems unlikely that Maeda or Ryu will begin for the Dodgers within the playoffs. Maeda responded with seven scoreless innings the day after Darvish was acquired final week. Ryu matched that outing Sunday.
The gamers checked out ease earlier than the sport. On Saturday, the Mets distributed 15,000 necklaces bearing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ No. fifty two in fake diamonds. Enrique Hernandez procured one and wore it across the clubhouse Sunday afternoon.
Throughout the room, Kenley Jansen pestered Alex Wooden, a local of Charlotte, N.C., about asking Hornets proprietor Michael Jordan to signal his sneakers. Within the dugout, Roberts fielded questions on Darvish pitching left-handed and Yasiel Puig planting kisses on hitting coach Turner Ward.
Amid the laughter, Lombard briefed the hitters on Matz’s troubles holding runners. The knowledge proved very important within the first. Turner swiped second base, avoiding a tag within the course of. After a stroll by Bellinger, the duo executed a double steal.
“We had plenty of info on that man, that he’s actually sluggish, particularly on guys who don’t run an entire lot, like myself,” Turner stated.
The brio proved very important. Logan Forsythe threaded a two-run single up the center. Austin Barnes banged a run-scoring double into the left-area nook. The lead would by no means be in peril; the Mets wouldn’t advance a runner to second base till the ninth inning.
Within the third, Turner returned to torment his former employers. Earlier than Saturday, he had gone thirteen video games between homers. He launched a solo shot throughout Saturday’s late-recreation fusillade. On Sunday, he hammered a ninety one-mph fastball for a two-run shot.
The lead expanded to 5 runs, and Ryu was rolling. He struck out the aspect within the first and 6 within the first three innings. He completed with eight strikeouts.
The Dodgers offense went quiet till the eighth. On the mound was Josh Smoker. Turner ripped a two-out double. Bellinger crushed a waist-excessive fastball for his thirty second homer.
“It’s been unreal,” Bellinger stated. “Our bullpen, our pitching employees, our lineup — it’s the actual deal. We’re simply making an attempt to experience it out so long as we will.”
For now, the gamers insist, they won’t permit themselves to forecast October.
“When guys even begin to convey it up,” Turner stated, “it will get pushed to the aspect instantly.”