Who are these Dodgers?!
Ok so what has gotten into the Dodgers? Morning of June 22nd this team was 12 games under .500 and 9.5 games back of 1st place in the NL West. Many of the media and fans wrote the team off and even said that they should be come sellers when the deadline comes. Well from then on the Dodgers managed to go on a hot streak surging them past the Giants, Padres, Rockies, AND Diamondbacks. The last two series after the break shown something that has fans really excited. In the 2nd game of the Nationals series and the 2nd and 3rd game of the Blue Jays series the Dodgers trailed late in the game but rallied back to win. Something that we haven’t seen much of from this Dodger team this season. So the question remains….What has gotten into the Dodgers?!
Well if you ask me I think it’s a few things. One they’ve finally gotten healthy. Through the 1st half of the season the Dodgers have been banged up and missed players when they needed them the most. If you remember this was the same thing that hurt the Dodgers last season. Another thing you have to throw in there is the fact that guys are finally producing. Early in the season the Dodgers had a low Average with RISP and the Bullpen ERA was as high as a kite. If you listened to what Adrian Gonzalez said before yesterday’s game in Toronto the guys are finally feeling the pressure fall off. They can take a few pitches, get walked, and do their part to help the batter behind them and have the confidence that they will cash in. Everyone is doing their job to help the team out and that’s what’s we’ve wanted out of them. Let’s also not forget that the Dodgers have gotten some help from the Giants and Padres cooling off.
This team is playing up to their potential and even in late games they’re finding ways to pull through and come away with wins. Dodgers don’t have to win EVERY game but just keep taking series and hold off Division rivals. If they can do that they’ll take the NL West and play onto October. The Dodgers are on fire right now and on top of the NL West. Lets hope they can keep this up.