Dodgers Defeat Rockies for 8th Consecutive Win

LA Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on fire for the vast majority of the 2017 Major League Baseball season. They have established themselves as one of the best teams in baseball. The team now has a record of 49-26. That is good enough for first place in the National League West. They are currently 2 1/2 games ahead of both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have the largest payroll of all Major League teams by a very wide margin. Needless to say, this has placed a high level of expectations on the team. They have been living up to these expectations for the first three months of the season.

The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 6-1 in the first of a 3-game series that is very important for both teams. Alex Wood continued his brilliant pitching in 2017 by going six innings and allowing just a single earned run on three hits. His earned run average this year has now dropped to a paltry 1.86. His record now stands at a perfect 8-0. He is the first Dodger since Orel Hershiser 32 years ago to begin the season without any losses in his first 11 starts of the season. Wood's performance so far this year would be getting a lot more media attention if he were not on the same team as Clayton Kershaw.

Yasiel Puig went deep for the 14th time this season. First baseman Cody Bellinger also continued his historic rookie campaign by driving in a pair of runs to help the Dodger cause. It was the eighth consecutive win for the Dodgers. They have needed to play well to stay at the top of their division. The eight straight wins have still not been enough to allow the Dodgers to put a large gap in the standings between them and the Rockies and Diamondbacks.

Dodger manager Dave Roberts has loved the aggressiveness that Wood has shown in every start this season. He firmly believes that this is the main reason why Wood has been able to turn the corner and establish himself as a legit star. However, there is still more than half of the season remaining. It remains to be seen if Wood will be able to continue to dominate lineups as he has done through 11 starts. Roberts believes Wood has the right mental makeup to have great success at this level.