What a wild month of baseball it has been for the Dodgers. After coming into the month of May with a 16-11 record, Los Angeles went on a really bad losing streak. It started with injuries, but it was about more than the health of their players.
This weekend in San Francisco capped off a stretch of games that saw the Dodgers go 10-1 between a homestand and the first part of a road trip. It also saw Los Angeles climb all the way back into second place in the National League West.
This comes almost exactly 2 weeks after the Dodgers were a game above the .500 mark. To say that the month of May has been a rollercoaster would be an understatement. But the good news is that they’re playing good baseball and appear to be trending in the right direction.
So what changed? Well, their success can be attributed to a few different things. Their starting pitchers have kept them in the hunt for the entire season, but the bats haven’t always come through. During their worst stretch of games, the bullpen also gave up a few too many runs.
But now, the bats and the arms are coming through all at once. There might be a few guys in the middle of a slump, but it’s not the entire lineup like it was during the 5-15 stretch. Sometimes baseball is just about the timing.
The Dodgers are heading down to Houston to play 2 games against the Astros this week. After that, they head home for a 4-game series against the Giants. They have a tough stretch of games ahead of them, and no better time to prove they are the team we all thought they were.