As I read over some of my Los Angeles Dodgers articles from last year, I find a constant theme, that the team had all the elements for greatness, but was just distracted by the financial and divorce issues and drama surrounding the ownership of (now former) owner Frank McCourt
Given the team's amazing record after the first month of the 2012 MLB regular season, I think it's obvious that weight has been lifted and the team (and management) can simply focus on what they are all there to do, win baseball games. Everything else will come together, if they just win each game. After a truly amazing month of April, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in first place in Major League Baseball, with a record of 17-7.
In 33.3 percent of their games, the Dodgers have beat their opponents by more than two runs. In just under 30 percent of the games, they've held their opponents to one or no runs.
The team has been scoring consistently, which I think is a key to their success. In 24 games, they've scored 98 runs, which is an average of more than 4 runs per game.
This is where all the magic has been happening, especially when I look at the difference between the Dodgers' home and away records. At home, the team is 10-2, a .833 winning percentage and has just been dominant at Dodger Stadium. I think this is due to the renewed energy (and mere presence) of the true Dodgers fans. After the actions of former owner Frank McCourt there were many fans, including season ticket holders, who refused to attend games while Frank McCourt owned the team. Many season ticket holders did not attend games and held their tickets, so the seats would be empty to publicly show their displeasure with the ownership. Those fans are back, the magic is there (literally and figuratively) and the players can feel that energy and love on the field.
The story is much different on the road, as the Dodgers are 7-5, which is a .583 winning percentage. The team is doing well, but I think the influence of the hometown fans can clearly be seen.
Freddy Sherman grew up in Philadelphia, which didn't make being a Los Angeles Dodgers fan easy. He has lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, now able to follow the Dodgers openly and attends games frequently. You can follow him on Twitter -@thefredsherman.
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