Dodger pitchers are striking out opponents with an alarming frequency.

Today’s stat of the day comes via FanGraphs. Here are the top 10 pitching staffs all-time as ranked by strikeouts per nine innings. The Dodgers and Cleveland Indians are on track do something never done in the modern era — average more than a strikeout per inning. Check it out:

Strikeouts per nine innings record

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Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson has avoided injury woes

Brett Anderson

Oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson has made it through the first month of the season in good health, but is eyeing to be more consistent and go deeper into games. (Getty Images)

It was a bold and ambitious move, part of a aggressive offseason for the Dodgers’ revamped front office.

The decision to sign oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract despite a slew of injuries and ailments certainly was the kind of high-risk signing that could have a major payout or blow up in their faces.

The 26-year-old left-hander has been effective when healthy, but had not pitched more than 100 innings in the regular season since 2010.

Yet through the first month of the season, Anderson’s health has held up.

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Game 22: The expected rise of Joc Pederson, the unexpected rise of Carlos Frias.

Joc Pederson

Andre Ethier (left) and Joc Pederson (right) hit home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

If I told you a couple years ago that Joc Pederson, Rubby De La Rosa and Carlos Frias would be in the starting lineup May 1, 2015 at Dodger Stadium, you probably wouldn’t have been surprised. You might have guessed that Pederson would be batting leadoff, belting tape-measure grand slams, establishing himself as one of the most consistent presences in the Dodger lineup (even if his place in the batting order wasn’t always the same).

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