The league's restart brings plenty of new optimism around Chavez Ravine. The Blue Crew expects Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to return to the lineup and they'll get three games against the Padres to get back to their early season form. It'll be a short runway, though. The Dodgers finish the month with the resurgent Phillies, Mets (who r
Having the two big bats back and healthy in the middle of the lineup is reason to breathe slightly easier. But the L.A. offense will s
Of course, there are the ever-present rumors that help could be on the way in the form of a trade. Any additions would certainly be welcomed, but that may not be for another week or two and would very likely come with a heavy financial price tag – especially considering the dearth of prospects in the pipeline.
Regardless, Don Mattingly and crew should feel like they're playing with house money right now. Before the season started, it was hard to argue that the Dodgers wouldn't have been anywhere near first place without MVP-like first halves from Kemp, Ethier and Kershaw. So to look down on the rest of the division without major contributions from the first two and an underwhelming win-loss record from the third has to be considered a minor miracle.
Then again, if things remain status quo, that miracle will become a memory.