The Los Angeles Dodgers are 10-6, and they lead the National League West by a game-and-a-half over the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers will begin a series in Colorado this weekend. However, some feel the team is either underperforming or that there are a lot of warts. And maybe there are some warts, but it also helps to look at the big picture.
At this moment, Los Angeles enjoys a three-and-a-half game lead over the team that is perceived to be the one to beat in the division this season, the San Francisco Giants. As of this moment, that’s a pretty big lead. The teams have already played seven games and don’t play again until June 10-12. We’re talking a two full months from now. So, enjoy this.
So, what is the point of all of this? The point is to enjoy it. We get so caught up in “haven’t won a World Series since 1988” that we forget to enjoy the games. The disappointing endings to the last three seasons have made a lot of fans jittery. Don’t get too high or too low based on any one game. Look at the big picture. The Dodgers are in first place. They are getting key hits late in games. They are doing a lot of things they weren’t doing last season. They aren’t perfect. No team is.
It’s understandable that everyone wants to win now and see the team turn into an unstoppable monstrosity that wins 100+ games this season en route to a resounding fourth straight division crown, but you don’t need to be a juggernaut to do that. The Dodgers, as they are constructed, are perfectly capable of winning 94 games this season.
So, while there have been some major downers so far, enjoy the ride right now. We’re roughly three weeks into the new season, and you’ll burn yourself out if you keep getting too high or too low on things. Start to worry in June if the team is scuffling along and looking lackadaisical. Otherwise, you have to enjoy what you’ve seen in 2016 thus far.