With a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won seven out of their last 10 games.
During that span, the team cut the San Francisco Giants’ division lead down to four games. As a result, many believe the Dodgers have turned the corner and are capable of putting together a run reminiscent of their historical 42-8 stretch last season.
Following the win, Hyun-Jin Ryu shared his belief the Dodgers were bound to improve on their slow start this season and used last season as a point of reference, according to OC Register’s Pedro Moura:
I think this was bound to happen,” Ryu said, through a translator, after Sunday’s victory. “This team has so much talent. We went through this last year. We all just woke up and realized there’s not that much time left.”
In June of 2013, the Dodgers found themselves dead last in the division as they faced the Padres June 22. The win was the start of arguably the most impressive two months in baseball history as the Dodgers would grab the division lead a month later and ride the momentum into the NLCS.
While the Dodgers haven’t struggled as much as they did last year, they expected to play better baseball during the first half of this season. Injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brian Wilson and others, have kept the Dodgers without key players through the first few months of the season.
The Dodgers’ health issues coupled with the Giants’ hot start left the Dodgers falling behind quickly. Just as the 2013 Dodgers found a way to turn things around in the summer, this year’s team hopes to follow suit and continue their roll into the playoffs.
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