Los Angeles Dodgers Franchise Record Set In August

Although the month of August ended with a loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers still set a record by going 24-5 en route to taking full control of the National League West.

The 24 wins are the most in a calendar month in L.A. Dodgers franchise history and fell one shy of tying the organization’s all-time mark. The Brooklyn Dodgers won 25 games in July 1947 and August 1953.

The Dodgers became just the fifth team since 1969 with at least 24 wins in a single month, joining the 1973 Cincinnati Reds (24; July), 1977 Kansas City Royals (25; September), 2002 Oakland Athletics (24; August) and 2017 Cleveland Indians (25; September).

Furthermore, the Dodgers are the first team in MLB history to have a winning percentage of .750 or higher in the same calendar month four seasons in a row (minimum 10 games played).

That was built by going 21-7 in August 2020, 21-6 the following year, 22-6 last season and 24-5 in 2023.

“I just think we’re a team that prides ourselves on trying to be consistent,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But I do believe in a long baseball season, the consistency of how we go about things shows itself more in August and September. I don’t know any other logic behind it. I just want to keep playing good baseball.”

Roberts previously cited the organization’s roster depth and versatility as being key to their history of pulling away in the NL West during August or September.

Entering play Friday night, the Dodgers are an MLB-best 32-12 since the All-Star break. They also boast the best home record in the NL at 46-22, narrowly edging the Braves’ 44-22 mark at Truist Park.

Dodgers carried by Betts & Freeman

While the Dodgers received a collective effort from their offense and pitching staff during a torrid month of August, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman were at the forefront of their success.

Betts set Los Angeles franchise records with 35 runs scored and 51 total hits in the month.

Meanwhile, Freeman broke the L.A. Dodgers record for most doubles in a season by hitting his 50th last weekend. The previous Los Angeles record for doubles belonged to Shawn Green, who totaled 49 during the 2003 season. Next on Freeman’s list is breaking the all-time Dodgers record of 52 doubles.

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