Everyone remembers that spot in 2018 when the Dodgers were sitting at 16-26 and eight games out of first place in their division. While it seemed impossible to be real – it very much was. Now, perhaps the Dodgers have their rough start to thank for their early success in 2019.
A year ago yesterday, the #Dodgers woke up 10 games under .500 (16-26) and 8 games back in the NL West. This year, they haven't spent a single day under .500 and reached 30 wins faster than any NL team. No signs of a World Series hangover this timehttps://t.co/aeBbesmPIP
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 18, 2019
However – a veteran like starting pitcher Rich Hill does not attribute the Dodgers’ quick start to their quicksand of April and May 2018. Furthermore, Hill says it was a direct result of the World Series loss.
I 100 percent attribute it to guys getting pissed off after that World Series loss. To me, that’s it,” Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill said to that question. “I think the year before, yeah, guys were upset. But it was a seven-game series. It was the first time for a lot of guys in this locker room, including myself, in the World Series. To go back again last year, we carried a lot of experience into that. … I think the thing that was really frustrating was not being able to capitalize on it.
That sounds a little surprising. But not all members of the clubhouse share that sentiment with Hill. Interestingly enough, manager Dave Roberts said that tough start to 2018 left a bad taste in the mouths of his ballclub.
Guys don’t want to have that feeling again. To get off to a good start, play good baseball, put ourselves in that same position – that’s our goal. That’s what it was in spring training and it’s good to see it kind of continue to keep that focus, that mindset.
No matter the method that’s led to the Dodgers’ 30-17 start – they now have the possible distinction of being baseball’s best team.
Truly, this is a special time to be following or writing about the organization. While no one knows how this chapter of Dodgers baseball ends, the team is putting themselves in position to attend a fourth straight LCS series, and third straight World Series. Still, a team can’t accomplish those things without taking care of business in the right now.
All the Dodgers have done is compile baseball’s best record – with possibly the best position player (Cody Bellinger) and pitcher (Hyun-Jin Ryu) to keep the fan base entertained with historic performances.