The Dodgers At The Halfway Point

Posted: July 5, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The fact these guys lead the wild card race is impressive.  Much like the Angels, a lot went south during the first half, but unlike the Angels, the Dodgers more than survived the first 81 games.

Dave Roberts is adept at balancing what Andrew Friedman demands via his over analysis of the game with Mr. Roberts experience as player and coach.  A difficult task in these days of shifts, WAR and OPS.

The obvious second half challenge for the Dodgers is Clayton Kershaw’s visit to the d.l.  Will the 15 day stay become a 30 day stay?  Probably.  What then?  Panic at Dodger Stadium?  Hand wringing?  Cold sweats?  Why not.  Consider the top three starters leading the second half charge are 19-year-old Julio Urias, Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda.  Start sweating.

Is Yasiel Puig traded for starting pitching?  He still possesses value even as he makes his monthly bad decision.

Expect the Dodgers to reach deep for starting pitching in late July.  Who they dangle in trade is a challenge less Puig, but trade they must.  Most of their developed talent is found in AA and A+ ball.  Do you diminish the future for a starter or two?  Let’s watch.

 

 

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