So far this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers have seemed a little lifeless — as though the switch they need to turn on when it really counts is just within the reach of their fingertips.
If you’re a Dodgers fan, you probably haven’t been that concerned, or at least until this past weekend, when the blue crew should have woken from their slumber against the San Francisco Giants.
But on they slept and some of you might be starting to wonder when exactly their nap will be over.
They are there. We can see them. They look as spiffy as ever in their Dodger blues. What’s missing is the heart and soul that supposedly lives within those historic uniforms.
All the pieces are in place — and it’s well documented. The manager knows how to manage. The center fielder knows how to hit. The pitchers know how to pitch. So what’s the problem? What’s with the record being five games below .500? That’s the return on the multi-bazillion dollar investment?
There have been injuries and all the starters haven’t had a decent amount of time to gel together on the field, but other teams seem to be getting by. There are 29 teams ahead of the Dodgers in the standings with lesser payrolls.
The issue here and now for L.A. is simply finding a winning formula. Forget the pennant. Forget the World Series. Those are so far out of sight at this time that thinking about it could only lead to discouragement.
One game at a time. One series at a time. The Dodgers just need to figure out the formula that will lead to wins for their team. Maybe all they need to do is to wake up.