"I know we're not relying on thinking we're going to go 42-8," manager Don Mattingly said.
The Dodgers have yet to win at the rate that many analysts predicted before the start of the season. They won three games in a row from May 25-27, but have lost five of their last seven. Following Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the White Sox, the Dodgers are 4-5 on their 10-game homestand.
Still, Mattingly said the best has yet to come for his team.
"At this point we're not playing good enough to be where we want to be, but we also know that we're good enough," he said. "And that means we need to play with a sense of urgency, and everything counts. It's as simple as that. It's not that complicated. If we can do that every day and grind it out, we're going to be fine."
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.