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Dodgers News: Team Staying Focused Amid Winning Streak

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It might not be the 42-8 stretch they were on last season, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently having themselves another summer streak. After Thursday’s win over the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers find themselves a season-high 15 games over .500 and 3.5 games in front of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings.

Similar to last season, the Dodgers got off to a slow start and slowly began to improve; since June 12, the Dodgers are 28-14. Clayton Kershaw discussed the Dodgers current stretch and enjoying their current winning streak, via Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times:

It feels good,” ace Clayton Kershaw said. “Even though we hadn’t run a streak together like that, we were still winning three and losing one, and winning games. We weren’t necessarily playing bad, but to have a consecutive win streak like this is always fun.”

A.J. Ellis said the Dodgers’ latest stretch feels somewhat like a hot streak, but also pointed to the importance of maintaing the winning:

It does a little bit, but when you’re playing teams like this you don’t really get a chance to enjoy it because each day is a big battle,” catcher A.J. Ellis said . “The important thing for us is to keep it going.”

Adrian Gonzalez, who is hitting .375 with one home run and 11 RBIs since the All-Star Game, is happy with the winning streak but is focused on the daily tasks:

These six wins have been good,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. “I’m not really too focused on the roll, I’m just focused on winning one at a time. Tomorrow will be another day with the Cubs.”

While it may only be early August, there are reasons to be optimistic. The Dodgers are ahead of last season’s pace as their 60th win of the season didn’t come until Aug. 3. If the team is able to maintain their level of play, home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs would be secured.
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