Wow, what a month of Dodger baseball. After leading the Majors with the best record in July at 19-6, they came out on top again in August with a 23-6 record, two games better than Atlanta and Texas (20-7). They finished the month off with a three-game winning streak, and a whopping 10.5 game lead over Arizona in first place of the NL West.
Twenty three wins in a single month sets a record for the most wins in a single month for any Dodger team since moving to Los Angeles, and is the most since Oakland went 24-4 in August of 2004.
The biggest standout of the month was the starting rotation. Collectively the entire pitching staff allowed the least amount of runs in the league with 68, which is also the least run total in a single month by any team this season. That is an average of just 2.3 runs per game.
The top four starting pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Ricky Nolasco, and Hyun-Jin Ryu were especially outstanding. None of them had an ERA above 2.65, and Kershaw, Greinke, Nolasco were all under 1.65. These four pitchers had just 3 starts of 3 earned runs or more in 22 outings.
Overall the pitching was, well, just about any hyperbole you can think of. The team's combined ERA of 2.07 was the best for a Dodger team in single month since April 1981.
The bats that put up 125 runs and hit .289 in July, took a little nosedive, hitting just .265 and scoring 128 runs. Despite playing in four more games, they only scored three more runs in August, and 12 of those runs were either pitcher runs or RBI's.
One of the most encouraging signs of the month was that the Dodgers beat playoff-bound teams. They won seven of 10 games against the Cardinals, Rays and Red Sox, but did lose two of three against Boston, the best team in the American League.
With one month, 27 games, left in the season the Dodgers so-called Magic Number (any combination of Dodger wins and Diamondback losses) sits at 18. ESPN currently estimates a 99.7 percent chance that they make the postseason.
They head into September with a record of 50-13 in their last 63 games, and sit at 80-55 overall. Sunday they face the Padres in the finale of a three-game series before heading out to Coor's Field for three games with Colorado.