Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the ninth inning to tie the game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
The Dodgers continued their red-hot play last night with a come-from-behind win to sweep the visiting New York Mets. Coming back from a 4-0 deficit, the Dodgers tied the game in the 9th on a pinch-hit 2-run home run from Andre Ethier. Then in the bottom of the 12th, rookie sensation Yasiel Puig hustled a single into a double and then scored the winning run on a single from Adrian Gonzalez.
The win was the Dodgers’ 8th in a row, and they’ve won a staggering 40 of their last 48 games, the best stretch that baseball has seen since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. The team went from being at the bottom of their division less than 2 months ago to now being 20 games over .500, leading their division by 7.5 games, and now looking like serious contenders, to win the pennant.
Are the Dodgers riding an amazing string of luck, or is this team really as good as it seems? And is this team built to win in the postseason?
Bill Shaikin, covers baseball for the Los Angeles Times