Take a look at the above graphic, provided by Associated Press, using data from Major League Baseball and STATS LLC. Read the synopsis carefully:
The Dodgers won just four of their last ten games. Yes, that qualifies as struggling, but guess how the Cardinals finished: they won just two of their last ten. Yet, they are "deep and talented" with nary a mention of their stumbling finish, which was worse than the Dodgers.
This might as well have said, "The Dodgers had the best record in the National League but they really aren't that good."
MLB and STATS LLC Associated Press, you're better than that.