Corey Seager had two hits in three at-bats Monday in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw was his usual self, and rookies Scott Schebler and Corey Seager showed unusual poise, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Rockies. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Andre Ethier has quietly been among the Dodgers’ steadiest hitters this season.
The most eye-opening stat I didn’t have room for in anything I wrote today:
ANAHEIM — Rookie outfielder Scott Schebler crushed the first pitch from Angels starter Garrett Richards over the center-field fence Wednesday:
Justin Ruggiano sent a 3-2 pitch from Andrew Heaney over the Angel Stadium fence to lead off Tuesday’s game. The Dodgers haven’t began two straight games with home runs since Carl Furillo did so against the Chicago Cubs on July 12-13, 1951.
Corey Seager and Scott Schebler are getting a taste of the major league with the Dodgers in September. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — Projecting the Dodgers’ 25-man National League Division Series roster is fun but premature. The Dodgers have a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs
, but one month offers enough time for injuries to throw a monkey wrench into the whole thought exercise.
For 21-year-old infielder Corey Seager, it might take an injury for him to make the postseason roster. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t even concede that point Sunday.
“I don’t have any doubts in his ability or some of the things he can do,” Mattingly said. “The postseason roster at this point, it’s a little far out there.”
Jose Peraza is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts since joining the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers’ recent success stealing bases makes for nice statistics. An unexpected streak of 13 steals in 13 attempts entering Saturday’s game against the Padres means the Dodgers are no longer last in baseball in stolen bases or stolen-base success rate.
Going beyond the numbers, this makes for even better strategy.
“It’s something that’s small but yet plays big,” Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes said. “Now we keep this approach that we have now and bring it to a playoff situation, now we can manufacture a run here. People can’t say ‘well, they’re not going to run.’ Now all of a sudden they’re starting to run. What’s the deal?”
Lopes identified a couple reasons for the Dodgers’ newfound success.
Scott Schebler is greeted at the dugout by teammates after hitting his first career home run against the San Diego Padres in the DOdgesr’ 8-4 win on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Scott Schebler contributed to a Petco Park-record tying eight home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-4 win on Friday. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez might not return until the playoffs.