Dating back to last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have proven to be a good second half team. Prior to Friday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers were winners in six straight games.
On June 8, the Dodgers were 9.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings. Since that point, the Dodgers are 30-17 and began Saturday 2.5 games ahead of the Giants in the division.
Last season, the Dodgers also fell to 9.5 games back of first place in June and went on a 42-8 run to finish the season a convincing 11 games up in the NL West.
Before the Dodgers had their six-game winning streak snapped on Friday, manager Don Mattingly discussed last season’s historic run to the Dodgers recent play, via Micheal Lananna of MLB.com:
I didn’t really notice it last year, honestly, that we went on that kind of run,” manager Don Mattingly said Friday. “We were just kind of going day to day and kind of grinding it out. The similarities for me this year with last year is really us getting down a lot [in the standings]
While it isn’t the 42-8 streak of last season, there is no question the Dodgers are playing more consistent baseball of late. Mattingly expressed how last weekend’s three-game sweep over the Giants could be a huge turning point for their season:
I don’t feel a whole lot different because it’s just happening recently,” Mattingly said of his team’s run. “We hadn’t won more than three or lost more than three, which kind of shows you we’ve been fairly consistent, we just haven’t been on any kind of run. The San Francisco series, it felt like it gave us a little confidence. Hopefully, we just ride now.”
The Dodgers have 52 games left in the regular season with 23 of those games against teams with winning records and six against the Giants.
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