And how about that. The team that was given up on early in the season, by many pundits and fans alike, is back in first place.
Heading into the final series of their current homestand, the Dodgers are still lingering in second place in the West division, currently sitting 2-1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks. In the first two contests against the Rockies over the weekend, the club’s offense was dormant; however, in the finale, the bats woke up and the Boys in Blue were able to salvage a 6-4 victory.
Thanks mainly in part to the national weather forecast, the Dodgers will get a much earlier look at staff ace Clayton Kershaw than initially anticipated, setting up a duel with the Mets’ No. 1 arm Jacob deGrom.
As it stands now, the Dodgers own a 38-35 record and are in sole possession of second place in the National League West, trailing the Diamondbacks by just 2-1/2 games. When considering the number of adjustments the club has made over the first three months of the season due to injuries, that’s not a bad standing by any means. If Los Angeles is able to stay relatively healthy through the summer months into the fall, seemingly, the sky may be the limit in terms of future success.
The past two seasons, the Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs have traded NL championships. Starting Monday in Chicago, they will face off for the first time since the Dodgers clinched the 2017 NLCS in commanding fashion, led by three home runs from Enrique Hernandez.
It’s unfair to compare teams from year to year, because, stating the obvious, they aren’t the same team. The 2018 Dodgers are not the 2017 Dodgers, even though most of the players are the same.
The Dodgers just keep plugging along. Lose a starting pitcher? No problem! Lose another? No biggie! Injuries and other circumstances have had the Dodgers pushing their pitching staff to the brink. But the offense has got their pitchers’ backs, scoring enough to keep them in games everyday. They are a rather impressive 15-5 through their last 20 games, even with all the wrenches the baseball gods keep throwing their way. It’s a tight rope act right now and so far, the Dodgers have yet to fall.
Don’t look now, but the Dodgers are slowly and steadily climbing their way back up to the .500 mark and to the top of the division. 13-4 over their last 17 games, the Dodgers head into Pittsburgh this week to hopefully continue that climb.
Amidst a season that has become somewhat of a roller coaster ride for the Dodgers already, rookie Walker Buehler, who may be on the fast-track to becoming his team’s new ace, is set to make his first-career start at Coors Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Dodgers are fresh off their third series win in a row and are 8-2 over their last 10 games. After sweeping the Nationals and taking both series from the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres, L.A. is ready to welcome the Philadelphia Phillies to Chavez Ravine.