After an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night, manager Dave Roberts exuded nothing but confidence. He believes the Dodgers remain the class of the sport and he has every right to believe so:
“I don’t think any team is a barometer for us. We set the bar.” — Dave Roberts
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 6, 2019
He is right in every essence. There is no barometer or a ceiling for these 2019 Dodgers. Every time we set a certain expectation level for this season, the club finds a way to exceed them and play above what anyone expects.
For example, players like Matt Beaty and Kristopher Negron proving to be capable of near-everyday playing time on top of the already loaded offensive force is a pleasant surprise. Add in rookies like Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin as well as reliever Casey Sadler proving to be worthwhile, the team is so depth-oriented that there is simply no ceiling for these 2019 Dodgers.
The Dodgers entered today tied with the New York Yankees for the best winning percentage in baseball at .649 and are now in a class by themselves after Monday night’s win.
Sure the Astros acquired Zack Greinke at the deadline, but the Dodgers remain, at the very least, clear-cut leaders in the National League.
There is no barometer for the 2019 Dodgers. They set the bar.