Dodgers: Is This LA Team Peaking in August Instead of October?
No matter how you slice it, the Dodgers have been an absolute tear since the beginning of July after an up-and-down month of June (14-12). Since July 1st, LA owns a 30-5 record including a perfect record in August (9-0) entering play on Friday. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball (77-33) and look every bit the part of a team primed to make a deep run in October.
Despite all the recent success, it has led to some Dodgers fans asking an intriguing question – are the Dodgers peaking too early?
Baseball’s famous “piece of metal” isn’t handed out in August. It’s handed out in October. MLB isn’t the EPL, there’s no glory, only home-field advantage, in finishing the year with the best record in baseball.
The Dodgers playing their best baseball in the dog days of summer would be a concern, if this wasn’t a talented, veteran team oozing with experience, poise, and professionalism.
Peaking too early is phrase that should be reserved for younger, upstart teams that haven’t been to four of the last five NLCS. Peaking too early is for immature teams that don’t know how to handle themselves when the wins come easy at times.
This Dodgers team, helmed by manager Dave Roberts who’s seen it all during his tenure in LA, is far too battle tested to let a hot July, and a perfect early August record, induce them into losing sight of the only thing that matters – a World Series championship.
Go down the list. Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, Julio Urías, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May (coming soon!), Will Smith, and Tony Gonsolin – all players who know that the whole season comes down to winning the last game of the season. Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner won championships (at the expense of the Dodgers) on their former teams.
Everywhere you look, there’s championship experience, All-Star production, and a blue collar clubhouse mentality fostered by Dave Roberts that’s impossible to ignore.
Peaking too early is a concern for squads that haven’t been there before with their current roster, not one for a group as talented and experienced as the 2022 Dodgers.
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