Dodgers look to extend streak to 43-8 since June 22.

Ricky Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco is 4-1 with a 2.97 earned-run average since joining the Dodgers in a June trade. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ streak of success is up to 50 games. They will try to improve their record to 43-8 in their last 51 games dating back to June 22, sweep the Phillies in Philadelphia, and beat Cole Hamels today.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers’ 42 wins are tied for the second-most by a Major League team in a 50-game span since 1900. The 1912 Giants, 1941 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals also posted 42-8 records during 50-game runs, while the Cubs went 45-5 during a 50-game stretch in 1906.

But as we discussed earlier in the week, the Dodgers may already have achieved an important tipping point by winning 42 of 50.

One note on Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco: If he wins today’s he’ll reach double-digit victories for the sixth consecutive season, joining Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Zack Greinke as the only pitchers to do so every year since 2008.

Here are todays’ lineups:

Dodgers:
Mark Ellis 2B
Nick Punto 3B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Yasiel Puig RF
Andre Ethier CF
Scott Van Slyke LF
Jerry Hairston 1B
Tim Federowicz C
Ricky Nolasco P

Phillies:
Michael Martinez SS
Kevin Frandsen 1B
Chase Utley 2B
Domonic Brown LF
Darin Ruf RF
Cody Asche 3B
Casper Wells CF
Carlos Ruiz C
Cole Hamels P

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.