The Dodgers disappointed earlier this week when they split a two-game series in Los Angeles against the villainous Houston Astros. Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers own a 9-9 record. Playing .500 baseball is not going to push them to their ninth consecutive division title.
Not when the Giants are playing this well.
The Giants 3-1 loss to the lowly Diamondbacks on Tuesday provided an incredible opportunity for the Dodgers to pick up a game in the standings. Instead, Astros starter Lance McCullers pitched a gem as the Dodgers offense sputtered.
Max Scherzer’s dazzling Dodgers debut and epic curtain call deserve their moment in the sun. However, Wednesday’s triumph doesn’t wash away Tuesday’s failure.
The split with Houston continued a streak of subpar performances against top-tier talent in the MLB. For the season, Los Angeles is now 24-29 against teams with a winning record.
They haven’t won a series against an opponent with a winning record since July 1st against the Washington Nationals when Washington was one game over .500.
Currently, the Dodgers are a supercharged American muscle car stuck in second gear.
Now, there are almost two full months remaining in the season. More than enough time to catch the Giants, secure home field advantage in October, and avoid the Wild Card game. That sentiment is echoed by a front office that traded its best prospects for two All-Stars at the deadline.
The last time the Dodgers were healthy was February, but that’s not an excuse anymore. Even with Kershaw and Gonsolin on the IL, there’s plenty of talent on this roster to capture the division title.
The time is now to start stringing together wins against quality opponents. The time is now to start decisively winning every series against cellar dwellers.
Time to stop treading water, and start swimming. The finish line is closer than you think.