Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/12/13
The Dodgers had just toyed with the Tampa Bay Rays in front of a sellout crowd and a national television audience. The Dodgers rarely lose anymore and so a television reporter asked Adrian Gonzalez if they felt unbeatable. "Definitely not unbeatable" he said. Not really a preferred sound bite not when Gonzalez stopped after three words. So the reporter tried again asking what pitfalls might await the Dodgers. "Thinking you're unbeatable" Gonzalez said. Another three-word answer. Not great TV but more great baseball as Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers to an 8-2 rout on Sunday. The Rays are one of the best teams in the major leagues but the Dodgers outscored Tampa Bay 20-8 in the three-game sweep scoring 20 of the final 22 runs in the series. The Dodgers are on a 37-8 roll tying the best 45-game mark in National League history in the last 60 years. The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers — with a lineup that featured future Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider — were the last NL team to win 37 of 45 games. Mark Ellis played on the 2002 Oakland Athletics team that won 20 consecutive games a team led in real life — but not in the "Moneyball" telling — by MVP Miguel Tejada Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito and fellow aces Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. "This [stretch] doesn't compare to that yet" Ellis said. "But there is more talent on this team." Kershaw is the most premium of talent on this team the anchor for a collection of stars gathered from far and wide. The Dodgers do not often score for him so he gave up one earned run in eight innings — lowering his earned-run average to 1.88 best in the majors — and singled home the Dodgers' first two runs in the second inning.
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