A month ago, this wouldn’t have been worthy of conversation. In mid-August, the Dodgers were dominating the Major Leagues and were on pace to set a new record for wins in a single season (116). Fast forward a month, and Los Angeles has crashed back to earth, hard. They suffered a streak that saw them lose 16 out of 17 games. As fast as the Dodgers sank, the Washington Nationals climbed. Over that same period, the Nats went 12-5 and narrowed the Dodgers’ NL lead to only four games.
Now with two weeks remaining in the season, the Dodgers (96-53) lead the Nats (90-59) by six games. The final 12 games of the season will prove whether the Dodgers are truly back to form. They’re still favored to win the World Series at +300, but will be challenged by a schedule that takes them to Colorado to face a hot Rockies team. Washington, conversely, is +800 to win it all and have an easy schedule to finish the season. Momentum will be key heading into October, so be sure to watch the final two weeks closely, as it may tell how each team will do entering the postseason.