The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a magical start to the 2012 MLB season. At 7-1, the boys in blue have the best record in the Majors with a game and a half lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. They are also off to their best start since 1981, but are they for real?
Despite their quick pace, Los Angeles fans shouldn’t plan on hosting a World Series game at Chavez Ravine anytime soon. In the marathon that is the MLB season, echoes from the starter pistol can still be heard. In layman’s terms, the season is still very young and to go along with that, the Dodgers have yet to face a formidable opponent this season.
On Friday against the San Diego Padres, Aaron Harang set a Dodgers record by striking out nine consecutive Padre batters. The game would eventually be tied at eight a piece going into the bottom of the 9th. That’s when Padres pitching gave up four walks and surrendered the go ahead and game’s final run.
Four of the Dodgers’ wins this season have come against those same Padres. The other three were courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neither of those two teams are going anywhere anytime soon. Last season the Padres and the Pirates combined record was 141-181 making the Dodgers quick start in 2012 an aberration that has been mistaken for early success.
Look for the Dodgers’ hot start to continue as over the next couple of games they will continue to take advantage of an inferior Padres team.
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