You already know the numbers.
Franchise best 41-8 in their last 49 games, 24-3 since the All Star Game, current nine game winning streak, and worst to first in the National League West standings.
Despite all of that, the Los Angeles Dodgers should no longer simply be considered the hottest team in baseball. Yes, the Dodgers are currently in the midst of an unbelievably hot streak, but it’s time we stop considering the “streak” just that.
The Dodgers are proving to be a good and borderline great team. Their current play is a sign of them living up to their expectations.
Behind the resurrection of Hanley Ramirez, emergence of Yasiel Puig, and rock steady pitching, the Dodgers have vaulted themselves into consideration as the best team in baseball.
Led by Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers arguably own one of the best pitching staffs one through three. When starting rotations are shortened come postseason play, the Dodgers will have the opportunity to send to the mound Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
With a 71-50 record, the Dodgers are third in National League, trailing the NL leading Atlanta Braves by only 3 1/2 games.
What began as a streak, the Dodgers have continued to win in a variety of ways; one-run wins, come from behind wins, wire to wire wins, and an occasional blowout.
Their recent come-from-behind victories at home led to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully referring to Dodger Stadium as the “Magic Castle.”
The Dodgers certainly have captured an extraordinary amount of magic. What once began as a hot streak has transcended into a team reaching its potential and using that momentum to steamroll opponents.
Logic tells us the Dodgers will not be able to maintain their current pace. However, dropping a game here and there wouldn’t be the end of the world. What’s important is the Dodgers have realized what they’re capable of and are playing with confidence. Come playoff time, they would be a team no one would be interested in facing.