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Ole, ole, ole, ole: Are Dodgers feeling hot, hot, hot?

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The Dodgers take a six-game winning streak into their series against the lowly Cubs this weekend

Are they steaming hot? Sizzling like you always knew they would?

The Dodgers are on a roll, having swept their last two series against the Giants and Braves to win six consecutive games.

For a team that took 107 games to finally even win four straight, that qualifies as hot.

Maybe not incredibly hot. Certainly not 42-8 hot like their historic run last season. But even then, they had only one streak in that 50-game stretch of more than six games won.

Six games qualifies as a streak, maybe just not a season-changing one.

“It feels good,” ace Clayton Kershaw said. “Even though we hadn’t run a streak together like that, we were still winning three and losing one, and winning games. We weren’t necessarily playing bad, but to have a consecutive win streak like this is always fun.”

The Dodgers have been playing at a winning clip for more than six weeks. Since they were 34-33 on June 12, the Dodgers have gone 28-14 to take a 3¿¿ game lead over the Giants in the National League West.

So they feel like they’re hot, right?

“It does a little bit, but when you’re playing teams like this you don’t really get a chance to enjoy it because each day is a big battle,” catcher A.J. Ellis said . “The important thing for us is to keep it going.”

The Cubs arrive next. That would be the 45-62 Cubs in what Ellis calls a “kind of a trap series.”

“They’re a really young, hungry team that’s going to be playing extremely hard,” he said. “They have a lot of guys trying to establish themselves in the big leagues and make a name for themselves. We can’t let our guard down.”

That may be the cool thing about this hot streak. This is a veteran team that understands the ups-and-downs of a 162-game season. They’re happy to be winning, of course, but not in danger of getting caught up in it.

“These six wins have been good,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. “I’m not really too focused on the roll, I’m just focused on winning one at a time. Tomorrow will be another day with the Cubs.”

To begin to turn this modest winning streak into something greater.

To really go rum-bum-bum-bum.

 

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