The baseball flew off Corey Seager’s bat, clearing the center-field fence at Nationals Park. The three-run homer functioned as a message. After three weeks of ineptitude, with a 7-0 victory over the Washington Nationals the Dodgers offered a reminder of who is favored to represent the National League in the World Series next month.
The missive went to both Washington, a potential second-round playoff opponent, and to their own clubhouse. A 1-16 skid dented the confidence of a club storming toward 100 victories. A three-game winning streak does not undo all the harm. But it doesn’t hurt.
“That felt more like us,” Seager said.
The victory trimmed the Dodgers’ magic...