|Have they buried the field already?
Perhaps more improbable than the 12-0 home winning streak the Dodgers have mounted to start the season is the way in which they're winning some of these games. Last night, for example, Jeff Weaver, making his first start since September 2007, gave up a run and five hits over five innings and struck out six. When last we saw Weaver starting in the big leagues he was busy posting a 6.20 ERA and was giving up 190 hits in 146 innings. But the Dodgers, you see, are apparently charmed this year, and that even extends to knuckleheads like Weaver.
L.A. is 20-8, and have a five and a half game lead over the Giants, a team whom no one truly expects to contend all year. Same goes for the sinking, third-place Padres. Really, the Diamondbacks represent the only non-blue hope in the NL West, and they're now 1-4 against the Dodgers and sit eight and a half back. We must always be mindful of reading too much into the first month of the season, but as Eric Stephen at True Blue L.A. notes, this 20-8 record is identical to how the Dodgers got out of the blocks in 1981 and 1965, and those were good years for Los Angeles.
Scariest part? The Dodgers still have five games left on the current homestand, the next two of which come against the lowly Nats. If they take care of that bit of business and win this weekend's series against the Giants, we may be in a position to call this race before it even truly begins.