The more things change the more things stay the same
Even with all the changes the Dodgers made over the winter, their record this year is 47 – 37, the exact same mark they had in 2015, and 2014.
This year it took a four-game winning, a nine-game winning streak at home, and winners of fourteen of their last nineteen to get to the same stage as the previous year.
In 2015 the Dodgers clobbered the Phillies 10 – 7 on July 5th, to get to 47 – 37.
In 2014 the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw shut out the Cardinals 6 – 0 on June 29th to get to 47-37.
In each of the past three years, the Dodgers won into their 47th win against 37 losses.
This year the big difference is that while the Dodgers are doing the exact same work the Giants are not. In 2014 that record got you within half a game of the Giants, In 2015 that record got you a five-game lead. In 2016 that record gets you five games back.