The Dodgers have the best record in the National League. They just recently won ten consecutive games and have won 17 of their last 19 games. Great pitching and powerful hitting are huge reasons why the Dodgers have surged to the top of the National League west standings. Let’s not forget they’ve also been getting some great work with the gloves as well.
That’s right you Dodger lovers, the boys in blue have been playing solid defense too. Good glove work can be overlooked because the Dodgers are hitting so many home runs and pitching zeros. Oh sure you all drool and clap your hands every time Cody Bellinger hits a monster home run, or anytime Clayton Kershaw or Alex Wood blows a fastball by an unsuspecting opposing goober. But do you drool and clap as much when let’s say Trayce Thompson makes a cool diving catch like this one from Tuesday night’s satisfying 4-0 win over the annoying Angels?
Or perhaps you completely overlooked Kike Hernandez’s incredibly orgasmic diving stop and throw from his knees play of the year. Gosh you better not.
Or what about Austin Barnes throwing out Eric Young Jr. attempting to steal second base? Alright maybe he was safe, but are you going to complain about this? I know I won’t. I know that you are all obsessed with Yasiel Puig’s cannon arm by now. Oh you’re not? Well watch this throw first before you decide.
Good, so now you are in fact obsessed with Puig’s amazingly fantastic throwing arm in right field. What about when Cody Bellinger is not hitting home runs and is in the field making terrific catches like this one from Sunday’s 12-6 comeback win?
Let’s not forget about Austin Barnes. He’s back again. In this play he’s at second base making another great play to throw out Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon. Oh so now you’re paying attention. You see the Dodgers are leading MLB in defensive efficiency because of plays like these you nerds.
The Dodgers have been doing this not only throughout the home stand but all through the month of June. So the next time Bellinger hits another one of his majestic home runs or Kenley Jansen blows away another hitter, remember that defense matters too.