Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Tuning into the Dodger games lately, it's noticeable that the scoring has decreased dramatically. They've only scored two or fewer runs in six of their last nine games.

But if your getting worried, just check their record - the only team with over 40 wins - and you will be relieved, at least for now.

Despite the lack of offense, they still own the best batting record in the National League at .292 and remain among the leaders in several offensive categories.

However, fans have gotten nervous as every late-inning victory is usually followed up with another low-scoring loss. Is it a legitimate panic or is it much ado about nothing

Manager Joe Torre is getting a glimpse of the turn-it-on/turn-it-off Dodgers offense, but he's not losing any sleep for the latest slump. On the contrary, he's actually comfortable with the outcome of the ball club results. 

"Over the course of the year you're going to go through the flat spots," Torre said. "You just have to keep working at it. With the lack of consistent offense, I'm certainly satisfied with what the results have been up to now.

Despite the setbacks, they shouldn't be discredited for all the good things that happened within the last month. There has been no recognition for the wins the Dodgers have earned since 28 of their first 33 games were played against division rivals.

The Marlins, Cubs, and Mets are all great ball clubs. The Dodgers have validated a stamp that holds a permanent "W" for winning a 2- 4 game series against all three ball clubs. And they just threw in a split with the Phillies last week to take the season series (4-3)

With under 100 games left, which is more than enough time to revamp their discombobulated offense. But even with that unpredictability, they are earning respect for what they've done so far.

"The Dodgers have a line-up that would land a spot in the playoffs if everyone plays with potential" Phillies' Manager Charlie Manuel said.

It's still early in the season so no one can predict anything just yet, but so far the youngsters have showed effort since Manny Ramirez has been out on a 50 game suspension since May for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.

Give credit to the young guys are adamant about winning. Four players in the line-up are in their mid 20's (James Loney, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin and Andre Ethier) and have contributed to the team's success. That doesn't include pitchers Ramon Troncoso and Cory Wade's success in the bullpen.

"We're going to ride the youngsters' coattails," said Hudson.

Sure, it's been a scramble for wins. Sure, Ethier's back-to-back walkoff hits over the Phillies were overshadowed by the team's 8-2 loss on Sunday. But another week is nearly over with the team still in first in the National League West and still owners of the best record in baseball.

Take it from Kemp, who described the grit of the team after last weekend's series but could easily have been talking about this season in general.

"We're never out of it. All the guys are backing up our team," he said, "We just kept battling and didn't give up and it turned out in our favor."

Sounds like a motto fans need to remind themselves of. There's no need to panic just yet, especially with interleague play starting Friday against the Texas Rangers.

 

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