And then on their 17th game, they played against a winning team.
The Dodgers are starting a six-game homestand Monday against the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, two teams off to strong starts. Which would be the opposite of their first five series, all played against teams looking up at .500.
That has made it somewhat difficult to gauge the merits of the Dodgers’ 12-4 start, but now there’s a more controlled aspect as the Dodgers prepare to play the 10-6 Braves and 12-4 Nationals.
“We feel like we’re a good club, and we’ll find out,” Manager Don Mattingly said.
Good teams have to be able to beat up on the weak, which the Dodgers have done against the San Diego Padres (twice), Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros. They lost two of three games in Milwaukee to the Brewers, who are 7-9.