You probably want to forget June, if you're a Dodgers fan. The offense was a dud. The rotation was still makeshift. In the end, even the bullpen showed cracks.
The best the Dodgers could have hoped for was to weather the decline and try to move on.
Not exactly. After a few losing streaks and a few ugly moments, the Dodgers ended up exactly even for the month. They went 15-15. And they even gained ground in the division — on everyone.
June was not kind to the Dodgers, but it was worse to the rest of the
On the first day of June, the Dodgers held a half game lead. On the first day of July, the Dodgers' lead is 1 1/2 games.
“We’re still right at the top of the division,” second baseman
There are two ways to look at the Dodgers' start. They were, perhaps, very fortunate no division rival capitalized on their stagnation. If one had gotten just a little hot, the Dodgers could be in a very different situation. And you could be discouraged that baseball's most expensive team could muster just mediocrity.
Or you could look at it the way catcher
"It just shows you, I've been saying it for a while, once our offense starts going, we're going to start winning some games," Grandal said. "And even when the offense wasn't going, we were still winning games. We were finding out a way."
He added: "It's always good to not be playing your best and still be in first place."
The offense will likely settle somewhere between the torrid start, when it averaged 5.3 runs per game, and the June swoon, when it averaged 3.9. And in July, the Dodgers' front office will almost certainly make a move.
Starting pitching is the first priority, president of baseball operations
The team is hoping that will make July better. As Howie Kendrick put it, the Dodgers ran in place in June, but "I think we're running in the right place, to be honest with you."