The Dodgers are coming off of their first series loss of the season against the Rockies. Not only did they lose the series, but they lost it with questionable decisions and a very poor bullpen performance. Despite that, LA is still getting the praise that they rightfully deserve.
While they did lose two games to Colorado, the Dodgers also dominated the Diamondbacks all week. They swept them out of Los Angeles and put up 14 runs in the process. At 30 wins, the next closest team is Tampa Bay with 28. More from MLB.com:
The first team in baseball to reach 30 wins, the Dodgers recently matched their best 40-game start in franchise history. They also started this way through their first 40 in 1888, 1955 and 1977. Additionally, they became the fifth team in the expansion era (since 1961) to win at least 30 of its first 40 games. The other four: the 1984 Tigers (won the World Series); 1998 Yankees (won the World Series), 2001 Mariners (lost the ALCS); and the ’77 Dodgers(Lose the World Series)
With a 5 game lead in the NL West and only18 games left to play, the Dodgers path to the playoffs should come pretty easy. The only real question at this point is which team they will play in the first round. If they manage to finish as the number one seed in the NL, they could potentially match up with the lowest seed. Depending on which team it is, that could end up working in their favor big time.
The Dodgers will start a series in Arizona on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. After that, they travel back home for a short series against the Astros once again.