The Los Angeles Dodgers led all teams with 118 home runs while posting the best record in the Majors and they carried that power display into the postseason en route to defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.
Coincidentally, it was Randy Arozarena and the Rays who hit the most homers during the postseason — 34 to the Dodgers’ 30. A total of 11 different players left the yard, with each of those long balls put into a highlight reel by the team.
After slugging just one long ball in the Wild Card Series and National League Division Series, L.A. began to find their power against the Atlanta Braves. Of course, that wasn’t initially the case as the Dodgers fell behind 3-1 in the NLCS.
But a record-setting Game 3 win wound up proving to be a spark. The Dodgers hit 16 homers during the NLCS, which was the most in either CS rounds this postseason. They then out-homered the Rays, 12-9, in six games of the World Series.
They don’t call ‘em Champs for nothing.
Here’s every homer the Dodgers hit this postseason. pic.twitter.com/HcIlEhoMvJ
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 4, 2020
NLCS and World Series MVP Corey Seager led the Dodgers with eight home runs in the postseason; five of those came against the Braves, and two were against the Rays.
He became the seventh player in franchise history to be named World Series MVP, joining Johnny Podres (1955), Larry Sherry (1959), Sandy Koufax (1963 and 1965), Ron Cey and Pedro Guerrero (1981), and Orel Hershiser (1988).
Cody Bellinger was second on the team with four postseason homers, which was just ahead of Max Muncy and Justin Turner, who had three each. Bellinger memorably hit a game-winning homer in Game 7 of the NLCS, and went deep again in Game 1 of the World Series.
Dodgers break Braves’ NL record
As the Dodgers were storming to the best record in the regular season, the slugged 57 home runs as a team during August. That broke the NL record, which had been shared by the 1999 Cincinnati Reds and 2019 Braves.
It also surpassed the Dodgers’ previous franchise record of 55 that came in June of 2018.
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