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Here come the Dodgers. Again.

Jun 19, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Last June the Dodgers found themselves in last place, nine games out of first. The media had Don Mattingly on the Super Chief out of town and back home and was wondering how $200 million in payroll could result in such a dud of a team. Then all they did was go on a near-historic surge and win the NL West going away.

Fast forward to 11 days ago and the Dodgers were flailing again. They stood nine and a half games back of the Giants — who had the best record in baseball — and were once again subject to early obituaries in the press. Even Don Mattingly resumed his role as pessimist, telling reporters to ask the players why they stink because he didn’t know.

Since then, the Dodgers have won eight of 11. The Giants have lost eight of 11. In that time L.A. has gone from 9.5 games behind to 4 games back.

It’s like it’s ‎Déjà Vu all over again.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    A Giants June swoon makes the air feel breezy.

    /breathes deep and cleanly

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Dodgers haven’t won the World Series in years and years while the Giants have won it twice, recently. Your only hope is a giant swoon if the Dodgers are going to have a chance to win it this year.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Don’t deny the inevitable, JJ. This team is ready to Dance Party to the top.

      • kkkershaw22 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Man you guys still talking about the past? If you want to talk about the past let’s talk about how much you sucked last year

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    We ‘ll see. Ask the Nationals how easy it is to get that last 4 games.

    • notsofast10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Irrelevant unless you are making a reference to Matt Williams the former Giant leading the Nationals.

  3. moseskkim - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    It’s not a coincidence that it happened after crawfords injury IMO. The OF’s needed some consistent at bats and we see kemp is starting to heat up. The offense just needed some improvement. Pitching rotation is one of the best in the league and bullpens getting more solid with league and Howell stepping up. Dodgers should make it a real interesting division race til the playoffs

  4. dondada10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    The Padres and DBacks being duds doesn’t hurt, either. Michael Morse regressing to the mean is gonna help, as well.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Dodgers haven’t played the Padres since April 2. They open a series against them tomorrow.

  5. kingscourt25 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    But Bob Nightentale and Jon Morosi said the division race is over and the Dodgers have a toxic clubhouse.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      He might have been lying.

      • kevinbnyc - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Hey, he could be right. God knows what kind of chemicals were in those bubbles the other day.

  6. jfk69 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Kirk Gibson may soon be available to manage. I am not saying he will win many more games. But he will have this Dodger team in fighting shape. And any pitcher that challenges his hitters will be dealt with accordingly. He will wake them up and have them playing like an east coast team. First lesson. How to exit a dugout keeping your target in sight.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      He will make just as big a blowhard ass of himself in Los Angeles as he makes of himself in Arizona – except that LA isn’t Pheonix, the press in LA will eat him alive, and top of the line pitchers like Kershaw who pride themselves on getting guys out aren’t going to buy his dockside bully routine. Gibson has failed in Arizona because he can’t get it through his head that there’s more to managing real baseball than dick waving.

      • tmc602014 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Gibson still applies the football mentality to baseball. When he came to the Dodgers, in spring training someone put eyeblack on his cap. He takes his cap off, and his forehead is black. Typical shenanigans someone like Joe Maddon would approve of. Gibson went apes&(t. He’s still the same. Sometimes that application of intensity focuses the group WS win). Sometimes it makes a group of bullies (2014 DBs).

    • vlock1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      What?

  7. thetoolsofignorance - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    It takes a whole team to win ballgames. Pitchers are there to defend runs against so while Kershaw was great and has been great the team success is nowhere without the hitters coming through and hitting well

    Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and even slowly awakening Matt Kemp have been instrumental in this run. Dodger blue is a team effort and they all deserve credit for pulling together as needed and doing what they have to do injuries and all.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I believe in teamwork.
      -Robert DeNiro in The Untouchables

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        …or maybe he’d be better managing the Diamondbacks?

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