The Dodgers Will Not Win the Division
Currently, the Dodgers are sitting at 7-7 and welcoming in the first-place Colorado Rockies (9-5) for a short two-game series. The Dodgers are now 6-5 against NL West opponents and are coming from a disappointing series split against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What’s alarming about the Dodgers start to the season, is their inconsistency with their offensive run production. In their seven wins, the Dodgers have scored a total of 54 runs, scoring 10 or more in 3 games. In their seven losses this season, the Dodgers have only managed a total of 8 runs including being shut out two times.
The Dodgers are currently ranked 19th in the league when hitting with runners in scoring position with a .213 batting average. That’s too low for a team with this potential.
The slow start by the Dodgers is not unprecedented for the club, as last season Dave Roberts saw the team start out 12-13 during the month of April, but still wound up winning the division by four games.
It’s a bit concerning for some Dodger fans because the team has already been active in using the DL by placing Rich Hill (twice) and Andre Ethier to start the season. But it’s only two weeks into the season, and we saw firsthand last season the team come from eight games back without Kershaw to win the division and advance to the NLCS.
It takes the Boys in Blue a few months to get going, so there’s no reason to give up on the season two weeks in.