Corey Seager

Dodgers in the thick of mediocre division race

Dodgers in the thick of mediocre division race

This is why a team should never be declared dead in the first six or seven weeks of a season.

After an inactive winter by an overconfident front office that bordered on irresponsible, after losing Corey Seager for the season and Clayton Kershaw for about a month, and after dropping successive series to the bottom-dwelling Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins, the fourth-place Dodgers are only 3 1/2 games out of first place.

The Dodgers have won six of their last seven games, including a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

They still haven’t changed the perception they’re not very good. What has changed is the other teams in their...