LOS ANGELES On June 21, the Dodgers were an injury-ravaged ballclub, floundering toward the abyss with a 30-42 record.
The team had a payroll of over 200 million and a turnaround seemed impossible or at least improbable. The team that was chosen by many pundits to represent the National League in the World Series was in danger of playing out the string for the entire second half of the season.
While manager Don Mattingly was being skewered by fans and media alike even by his own front office, which told him that if things didn't change in a hurry, he'd likely be out of a job by the All Star break things were about to change. Not in a hurry, but a change that would see them dominate baseball like few teams ever had.
From that dark day in June until until August 27, the Dodgers put together one of the most impressive streaks in the history of pro sports, going 48-12 and taking control of the NL West. They are currently tied for second in the National League with 78 wins and ar...