MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Los Angeles Dodgers
Post All-Star break the LA Dodgers on top of the NL West with a record of 68-50 with Arizona 7.5 games behind them, and do not look to be slowing down going 9-1 in their last ten games. The Dodgers have been well rounded playing equally good on the road with a record of 33-25 as they have at home 35-25 this season.
The Dodgers have benefited from a deep rotation this season starting with ace Clayton Kershaw who will be in the running for a Cy Young this year. Kershaw is currently 11-7 with a ridiculous 1.88 ERA and 174 strikeouts over 182 innings pitched. Then they have Hyun-Jin Ryu who is 11-3 with a 2.99 ERA and 118 strikeouts over 141 innings. Zack Greinke is also having a stellar year with a 10-3 record and a 3.21 ERA over 117 innings.
Kenley Jensen has been solid in closing with a 1.96 ERA and making 18 of 21 save opportunities. J.P. Howell (2-0, 2.05 ERA) and Paco Rodriguez (2-2, 2.09 ERA) have been excellent coming out of the pen giving the Dodgers great pitching through every phase of the game.
LA is loaded with hitters including one of the best pure hitters in the game Right Fielder Yasiel Puig who is hitting .371 on the season. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is having an excellent year hitting .359 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI’s and is excpected to return from a shoulder injury this week. Adrian Gonzalez who the Dodgers practically stole from the Red Sox last season is leading the team with 16 home runs and 75 RBI’s.
The LA dodgers are very good and with the way they are playing look to likely stay at the top of the NL West this season. The deep rotation and solid line-up will make them a tough out against any team come playoff time.
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