The club’s 61-29 mark at the break has been propelled to no one’s surprise by a pitching staff that has lived up to the preseason accolades and predictions. The Dodgers’ 3.15 staff ERA leads all of baseball, while the squad’s nine shutouts and 240 walks allowed pace the National League at the break.
As exciting as the two electric sensations have been so far this year, they are still a couple of young kids making their first trips throughout the league.
Nobody wants to say that an April series against the Philadelphia Phillies was a must-win, but the fans felt it and the players seemingly felt it as well.
22 games (or 14%) into the season, and the Dodgers are nowhere near the top of the division, where many predicted them to be this year. Aside from the opening day thrashing of the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers have yet to produce a game where the bats, starting pitching, and bullpen play well
The Dodgers have been so bad against lefties, that the Chicago Cubs actually tweaked their rotation, giving Jake Arrieta the night off just so they could pitch three lefties against the Dodgers.
If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to return to the World Series for the first time since 1988, now is
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Chicago took an early lead and Kyle Hendricks dominated the Dodgers, en route to a 5-0 victory and a berth in the 2016 World Series.
While this wasn’t a must win game for either team, history tells us that the winner of game 5 in LCS history goes on to win the series 70% of the time.