Dodgers recent stumble hasn’t had major impact in standings

The Dodgers have to be better than they’ve been the last 14 games. They’re 7-7 in those games and Los Angeles is too talented for a stretch of .500 baseball to last for any kind of prolonged period. While it isn’t good, there’s no reason to sound alarm bells just yet. Especially since their place atop the National League West isn’t being threatened. 

LA has struggled at the plate and managed just seven wins since May 14. Over that stretch they’ve lost only two games in the standings. Their 7.5 game lead over the Padres now sits at 5.5, and their 10 game lead on the Giants has shrunk to 6.5. The Diamondbacks have fallen off badly and now sit 10 games off the pace. 

Losing games in the standings isn’t something that can be spun as a positive. The Dodgers have flat out not been good enough for the last half a month.

We can find some optimism moving forward though.

A 14-game span of .500 ball isn’t something we anticipate continuing from an LA club that sits among the league’s top World Series contenders. So for now we’re looking at the Padres and Giants gaining a couple games. And if the Dodgers keep playing .500 ball those teams will keep gaining ground through the Summer.

It’s hard to imagine the Dodgers will keep playing .500 baseball though. At some point they’ll get out of this rut. All they have to do is keep the teams chasing them at arm’s length until they can string some wins together again like we saw them do in April and the first half of May. 

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