The Dodgers are the talk of baseball with their 9-1 start, the best record in Major League Baseball and their best start in 31 seasons.
The Dodgers beat up on the Padres (6-1 in seven games) and Pirates (three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium), two teams that combined for only a .441 winning percentage last season.
But manager Don Mattingly doesn't look at last year's records.
"Early in the year, it's tough to win games because it doesn't matter what people think you're supposed to be," Mattingly said. "Last year, the Diamondbacks, who were in last place the year before, they win the division.
"The year before that the Padres, nobody counted on them and they were in it until the last day."
The Dodgers hope for a similar turnaround after a mediocre 162-161 record over the last two seasons. But their early success can be traced to 2011 as well.
The Dodgers were 12 games under .500 as late as last Aug. 21, but won 25 of their final 35 game...