The first day of summer arrives on Friday, but somehow it feels like the dog days have already come and gone. The baseball season is almost three months old, and neither the Angels nor the Dodgers have gotten hot, or even tepid.
They are, as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly frequently says about his team, treading water a combined 19 games under .500 and 18 games out of first place in their respective divisions. But the water is rising fast.
It doesn't mean the Angels and Dodgers are finished. Far from it. But it does mean there needs to be a sense of urgency for both teams, if not now then very soon. Like tomorrow.
They need winning streaks.
The Dodgers haven't won more than two consecutive games since the first week in April. The Angels ran off eight in a row in late May, but have gone 7-12 since. Their low point came when they were swept at home in a four-game series by the Houston Astros, a divisional opponent whose 21-million payroll pales against their own, which stands at 1...