Los Angeles—The Dodgers continue to prove why they’re one of the best teams in baseball. After welcoming the Tampa Bay Rays to Chavez Ravine for the first time, the Dodgers handed them their fourth straight loss.
It’s been all about the Dodgers in the first two out of three–game series. They beat the Rays on Friday (6-5) and (5-0) on Saturday. And they hope to get the sweep Sunday night.
The Dodgers are leading the NL West in team batting average (.266) and on-base percentage (.329) and their pitching staff ranks third with a 3.39 ERA. Los Angeles has won four in a row and improved their record to (66-50).
“Obviously it feels pretty good, the way we’re playing,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Our starting pitching gives us a chance to win every day.”
But it’s been a total team effort from the boys in blue. It’s starting to seem unreal the way the Dodgers are winning games.
Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe, A.J Ellis, Carl Crawford, Skip Shumaker, Andre Either and Yasiel Puig are all players who have been contributing to the Dodger’s success. With big names like Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez out with injuries, other players are stepping up.
“Every teammate is playing well and giving it their best,” Puig said. “It’s not just me, but everyone is doing their part. It will continue to be this way until we make the playoffs.
But Mattingly is fully aware, that they’ll eventually need their two key players sooner than later.
“You win without guys short term,” Mattingly said. “In the long run you don’t win without your best guys. You survive without Hanley and you survive without Matt for a short period of time but you don’t do it for the whole season.
Everything is in their favor at the moment. The team’s chemistry is unbelievable. It’s not a one man’s team; every player is coming out every night playing like they want to win.
And they are cashing out.
Dodgers General Manager Ned Coletti has put together a phenomenal team. I don’t think anyone envisioned a season like this, after the Dodgers started the season off under the weather.
In June, the Dodgers were 12 games under .500 and 9.5 games back in the NL West. Although they still have a substantial amount of baseball to be played, don’t look for the Dodgers to fall off the cliff anytime soon. They’re doing a great job proving their doubters wrong.
Right now no team in baseball has swagger like the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their approach for the game is uncanny. They have a mind-set that no team can seem to figure out.
From the pitching to the offense, the grit-n-grind mentality has most definitely arrived in Los Angeles.
“It’s been crazy,” Pitcher Zach Greinke said.
If the Dodgers don’t make it to the World Series with their current lineup, I think a lot of people might be disappointed. That’s how powerful their roster is. They have an astounding team.