LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers signed Freddie Freeman in March, the chatter quickly shifted towards people wondering if this lineup was the best ever assembled. All nine starters were expected to have elite seasons, which was always unrealistic.
Through 37 games, the Dodgers have been searching for consistency and their best offensive stretch of the season. That’s a scary thought for opposing teams, considering the Dodgers have a healthy lead in the Majors with 203 runs scored.
The lineup, as many expected, has a chance to be one of the best — if not the best — in franchise history. That dominance was on full display during the four-game sweep of the D-backs, which ended with a 5-3 win on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, which has won five straight, scored 29 runs during the four-game set against Arizona and 54 in the eight-game homestand.
But while the Dodgers’ offense has been nearly as good as advertised, their production has been spread out in a way that not many expected. We’re starting to get a realistic look at what to expect moving forward and how this lineup has become one of the most dangerous in the Majors.
It was Justin Turner’s turn to be the difference maker, as the Dodgers’ third baseman hit the game-winning three-run homer off D-backs starter Zach Davies in a four-run fourth. Turner has struggled at the plate this season, but he has 18 RBIs in May.
The offense gave Dodgers starter Walker Buehler plenty to work with. Buehler didn’t have his best command on Wednesday, but he was able to strike out four and allowed just two runs over five innings. Buehler escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth thanks to a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.