Dodgers Have Been Pulverizing The Competition For Weeks – While The Rest Of The NL West Have Been Brutal
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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Posted on August 7, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged adrian gonzalez, andre ethier, arizona diamondbacks, brian wilson, carl crawford, chris capuano, clayton kershaw, colorado rockies, dodger stadium, don mattingly, la dodgers, magic johnson, mark ellis, matt kemp, nl west, ricky nolasco, san diego padres, san francisco giants, yasiel puig, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Dodgers Have Been Pulverizing The Competition For Weeks – While The Rest Of The NL West Have Been Brutal.