The MLB season is 162 games long: that’s why we can’t always trust a hot start or a dominant stretch by a particular team.
The season is that long because time is needed to separate the mediocre from the good, and the good from the truly great.
Great teams will play against the best of the best, overcome injuries, and with few off days and still prove their worth.
We aren’t making any groundbreaking discoveries here, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are truly great.
They just did something that excellent squads do: win, no matter the external circumstances.
“The Dodgers just wrapped up a stretch of 20 consecutive games without an off-day. They went 16-4 over that stretch,” The Athletic’s beat writer who covers the team Fabian Ardaya said via Twitter.
The Dodgers just wrapped up a stretch of 20 consecutive games without an off-day. They went 16-4 over that stretch.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 11, 2022
They were very, very close to the San Diego Padres in the standings before starting that stretch of games.
The two organizations were, at one point, tied for first place in the NL West.
The Dodgers Always Find A Way
All the Dodgers have done since then is win.
Now, as of Monday afternoon, Los Angeles has a 56-29 record and a whopping eight-game advantage over the Friars.
It’s truly amazing how the Dodgers virtually decided they were done messing around, and built an incredible lead over their closest competitors in the division in almost no time.
Oh, and the Dodgers are yet to welcome several injured stars back.
Their offense is explosive, and their pitching staff is deep and talented.
The New York Yankees are the American League powerhouse, but the Dodgers appear to be just as good.