While Matt Kemp's April explosion sparked Triple Crown conversations, he and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers are dealing more in reality than dreams. They have enjoyed a best-in-the-National League beginning to 2012, but have not lost sight of the six-month challenge of a baseball season.
Reality check: With a 17-7 start, the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West remained 135 games.
And, oh by the way, the Colorado Rockies rocked baseball in April a year ago, opening the season by winning 17 of their first 25 games. They went 56-83 the rest of the way, and by the All-Star break were fading into oblivion.
"It is too early to think anything other than we got off to a good start," said manager Don Mattingly.
Nobody is more aware of that than Rockies manager Jim Tracy. Colorado's skipper rallied the Rockies to the NL wild-card back in a 2009 season that began so poorly he was promoted from bench coach to manager in late May after manager Clint Hurdle was fired.
He also c...