The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a fairly brutal start. And their record (14-17) is actually the least of their worries. In fact, it’s just about everything else. Justin Turner isn’t back yet; Kenley Jansen is struggling. Plus, Corey Seager is out for the season. But that didn’t stop the Dodgers from halting a very impressive streak on Thursday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks would enter Thursday’s contest with the best record in the NL (21-10). Not only that, but the D-Backs would get to this mark by winning each of their first nine series to start the season. But with a 5-2 win Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers put an end to all that. Arizona would’ve been the first team since the 1907 Chicago Cubs to win 10 straight series to start the season. That Cubs team would end up winning their first 11.
But it wasn’t to be. And while the Dodgers didn’t take the series from Arizona, salvaging a split after dropping the first two games is acceptable. Is this where things start to turn around for them? Up next, they take on the 11-21 San Diego Padres. Only 3.5 games separate those two teams.