Dodgers Getting Healthy For MLB Second Half

Dodgers Sitting Pretty As Second Half Begins

7/13/12 in MLB   |   marcasg   |   18 respect

May 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Tony Gwynn (10), center fielder Matt Kemp (27) and right fielder Andre Ethier (16) celebrate the Dodgers 7-3 victory against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRETwas just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like the Dodgers couldn't find a run in a basket of nylons. Yet somehow they survived a rash of first-half injuries and sit atop the National League West as the unofficial second half of the season kicks off at Dodger Stadium Friday night.

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
ecently swept them), defending champion Cardinals, right-on-their-heels Giants and the hard-charging Diamondbacks.

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
till be stomach-churning if it can't find production from elsewhere in the lineup. We're looking at you, Dee Gordon, James Loney and Juan Uribe.

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.
 
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7/16/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

marcasg wrote:
Rough way to start the second half, losing 2 of 3 to San Diego. Especially letting the game on Saturday get away.

yeah sucks.  grrrrrr

7/16/12   |   marcasg   |   18 respect

Rough way to start the second half, losing 2 of 3 to San Diego. Especially letting the game on Saturday get away.

7/16/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

Go Donny Go!  Keep them in line :)