They're in first place, three games up, and yet something seems missing. They're the most expensive team in baseball history and expected to be this super team. Instead, they've been more like a very good team.
“I think we’re doing OK,” said
The Dodgers are 45-36, which happens to be the exact same record they had at the midpoint last season. So it's just as good as the team that Ned Colletti put together a year ago.
Indeed, several of the numbers between last year's and this year's teams at the break are remarkably similar – ERA is almost identical (3.26 last year, 3.25 now), batting average (.256, .253), runs (340, 341). Home runs are up, (69, 102), stolen bases down (81, 15).
That the Dodgers have a three-game lead is due partially to the rest of the division being so utterly mediocre. The
Since jumping out to a 22-10 start, they've gone just 23-26.
They're not going to wow anyone playing sub-.500 baseball. Yet they have the third-best record in the NL, so it's not like they're a disaster. But compared to expectations, disappointing nonetheless.
But that doesn't change the feeling that there is, or should be, a lot more to this Dodgers team than what's been demonstrated during this so-so first half. They weren't built just to win down the road, but to win now.
"We're a very good team and you know Andrew and Farhan are going to do everything they can to make us better," said catcher A.J. Ellis.