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Dodgers Have Been Pulverizing The Competition For Weeks – While The Rest Of The NL West Have Been Brutal

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Thursday Aug.08/2013

Despite early season rumors of Mattingly getting fired, Donnie has managed his team back into the division race after a private meeting with Dodger executives. The Dodgers are now 62 - 50 after setting a franchise record 15 game road winning streak and are opening up a commanding lead versus their NL West brethren. Now with Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez igniting the clubs offense, plus Zack Greinke coming back to the Starting Rotation, the team has begun to gel.  But it is also the secondary players that have provided some clutch play of late.

Despite early season rumors of Mattingly getting fired, Donnie has managed his team back into the division race after a private meeting with Dodger executives. The Dodgers are now 63 – 50 after setting a franchise record 15 game road winning streak earlier this week and are opening up a commanding lead versus their NL West brethren. Now with Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez igniting the clubs offense, plus Zack Greinke coming back to the Starting Rotation, the team has begun to gel. But it is also the secondary players that have provided some clutch play of late. The team has won 33 of their last 41 Games.  Now that is outstanding!

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

I was wrong to throw the towel in on the Dodgers at the beginning of June in an article. 

While I initially had LA as my NL representative in the WS before the year started, I thought they were cooked. 

Yasiel Puig was infused into the lineup, and the team has fed off of his electricity.

Zack Greinke and Hanley Ramirez then came back to facilitate the start of this hotstreak.

I am not sure I have ever seen an entire Division struggle so badly – with the exception of 1 team doing the polar opposite simultaneously, like has happened in the NL West over the last 8 weeks.

The Dodgers have been on a historical run in their ascent from last place (trailing by as much as 9.5 games on June 1st) – all the way to top of the Division (by 5 games as of right now.)

There have been countless reasons how the turnaround has transpired.

Don Mattingly has gone from the hotseat – to now being in the position where he could net himself a contract extension when the season is over.

The rest of the NL West Clubs have been incredibly anemic – and we will focus on the records since that date in this piece.

Puig has slowed down a shade from his torrid 1st month pace - however he is still slashing .373/.424/1.022 - with 11 HRs, 25 RBI. 41 Runs Scored and 79 Hits.  He has a 7 YR/$42 MIL contract in his pocket, and that may be the bargain of ALL - Time if he continues these type of numbers all the way throughout his length of the deal.

Puig has slowed down a shade from his torrid 1st month pace – however he is still slashing .372/.433/1.024 – with 11 HRs, 25 RBI. 43 Runs Scored and 80 Hits in his 1st 56 Games Played in.  The club has a record of 38 – 18 (.679) with Puig in the Lineup, while they are 25 – 32 (.439) without him.  He is doing for the Dodgers what Yoenis Cespedes (a fellow Cuban) has done  for the A’s since he has joined the league.  Puig has a 7 YR/$42 MIL contract in his pocket, and that may be the bargain of ALL – Time if he continues these type of numbers all the way throughout his length of the deal, that ends in 2018.

Yasiel Puig helped change the culture of the attitude in the lineup, however it was Hanley Ramirez and Zack Greinke coming back from injuries that coincided on the team taking off.

This team is now dangerous as they come in the National League.  They are talented, believe in themselves, and have an extreme ‘cupcake schedule’ down the stretch.

Han-Ram has been absolutely deadly in his time playing this season (.361/.411/1.055 - with 11 HRs and 37 RBI in 191 AB).  Unfortunately, he is hurt with a bruised shoulder.  Ramirez has already missed 58 games.  The team has a record of 36 - 18 with him in the lineup.

Han-Ram has been absolutely deadly in his time playing this season (.361/.411/1.055 – with 11 HRs and 37 RBI in 191 AB). Unfortunately, he is hurt again with a bruised shoulder that has him sitting out games Day to Day. Ramirez has already missed 58 games. The team has a record of 36 – 18 with him in the lineup.

The key to the teams success will be if they can keep Hanley Ramirez on the field and have – Puig also not injure himself with his wreckless abandon sty;e – that is both incredible, yet nervous for a Dodger fan to watch.

Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Ellis have also contributed clutch hits, and have been the steady influence behind the offensive backbone this year.

Carl Crawford almost single handedly kept the offense afloat the 1st month of the year.  CC has scored 41 Runs in the 74 Games he has played in so far.  His numbers are close to his Career Average - which LA will gladly take.

Carl Crawford almost single handedly kept the offense afloat the 1st month of the year. CC has scored 43 Runs in the 75 Games he has played in so far. His numbers this campaign are close to his Career Averages (.292/.333/.773 Career) in 2013 with a .293/.343/.768 clip – which LA will gladly take. Crawford is starting to regain his threat for Stealing Bases as well, swiping 11 Bags in 15 Attempts thus far.

Carl Crawford has been streaky – but overall you have to say that he has really helped the team in 2013, plus if they are to go anywhere in the playoffs, he will be counted on big time.

The team has been able to sustain its current pace – even without the usual numbers it would receive from #4 and #5 hitters Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

If you sit back and think about this team, it is a scary proposition, because they are so talented right now on offense and defense, meanwhile the management is just licking it chops to spend more money whenever the chance presents itself beyond the 2013 year.

Having Chris Capuano as your 5th Starter is a clear illustration how far the franchise has come.

Brian Wilson may soon be on his way to help the Bullpen.

Kershaw is having a CY Young (and potentially NL MVP type of year) with a 10 - 7 record, and an NL Leading ERA of 1.91 in 24 Game Starts - spanning 174.1 IP.  The 25 Year Old leads 6 Pitching categories, and is the best Pitcher on a playoff bound team right now.

Kershaw is having a CY Young (and potentially NL MVP type of year) with a 10 – 7 record, and an NL Leading ERA of 1.91 in 24 Game Starts – spanning 174.1 IP. The 25 Year Old leads 6 Pitching categories.  With apologies to Adam Wainwright in the NL, Kershaw is the best Pitcher on a playoff bound team right now.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke have joined Clayton Kershaw as top of the Rotation guys, and the club picked up Ricky Nolasco to help add some depth at the back end of the Starting Staff.

NL West Standings on June.15/2013  Games Behind Leader

Arizona 37 – 31                                          –

San Francisco 35 – 32                              1.5

Colorado 36 – 33                                      1.5

San Diego 34 – 34                                    3.0

Los Angeles 29 – 38                                7.5

The Dodgers have not won or appeared in the World Series since 1988.  With the spending the ownership will do in the next decade, I would be surprised if the team doesn't rake in a multiple championships and many World Series Appearances in that time frame.  While 2013 looked bleak early, this team has rounded into form with a 33 - 12 stretch since June 15th.

The Dodgers have not won or appeared in the World Series since 1988. With the spending the ownership will do in the next decade, I would be surprised if the team doesn’t rake in multiple championships and many World Series Appearances in that time frame. While 2013 looked bleak early, this team has rounded into form with a 33 – 12 stretch since June 15th.

NL West Standings on Aug.08/2013  Games Behind Leader

Los Angeles 63 – 50                                 –

Arizona 58 – 55                                       5.0

San Diego 52 – 62                                  11.5

Colorado 52 – 63                                    12.0

San Francisco 50 – 63                            13.0

Records Each since June.15/2013/ Win Pctg

Los Angeles 34 – 12  (.739)  also 33 – 8 in their last 41 Games (.805)

Arizona 21 – 24  (.457)

San Diego 18 – 28 (.391)

Colorado  16 – 30  (.348)

San Francisco 15 – 31  (.326)

All other 4 NL West teams combined in the NL are 70 – 113 (.383) since mid June.

Not only this, but there are games where the other 4 NL West teams played each other – which means automatic win night for one of the clubs.

The rest of the MLB should be keeping on an eye on this franchise whether they win or lose, because the gauntlet has been thrown down by Magic Johnson and his ownership consortium!

So LA, thanks for proving me wrong from my June prognostication, but you may end up making me look smart from the prediction from the onset of this campaign!

When Magic Johnson and his ownership group spent 2 Billion Dollars on acquiring the Franchise, that should have been a red-flag that they were going to outspend every club when it came to payroll.  Get ready for it baseball world! Win Or lose - and Luxury Tax Threshold aside, the franchise is willing to invest in championships.  It could be a long a prosperous run atop of the NL West Standings

When Magic Johnson and his ownership group spent 2 Billion Dollars on acquiring the Franchise, that should have been a red-flag that they were going to outspend every club when it came to payroll. Get ready for it baseball world! Win Or lose – and Luxury Tax Threshold aside, the franchise is willing to invest crazy $$ in World championships. It could be a long a prosperous run atop of the NL West Standings!

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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