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Last night the Los Angeles Dodgers won their 80th game of the season. The Dodgers have lost only 33 games this season and now have a 15.5 game lead over the Rockies for first place in the National League West. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball because of their young stars and talented veterans. At the trade deadline this team only got stronger as they acquired Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers. Darvish joined an already formidable rotation that included Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood. This team has been the best in the majors because of it’s depth and the moves made during the season to improve this team.
One big storyline for the Dodgers this season has been the production they’ve received from their young stars most notably Cody Bellinger. The young first baseman has taken the league by storm in his rookie year. Through his first 345 plate appearances in the majors he already has 33 homeruns and is on pace for 43. That means that Bellinger will fall six short of the rookie record which is held by Mark McGwire who hit 49 in his rookie season. The Dodgers are also receiving stellar performances from other young players such as Corey Seager who is becoming one of the best young shortstops in baseball. Seager is unique because he is not only an above average fielder but also an above average hitter.
The Dodgers have not only been an offensive force but their pitching has been equally impressive. Kershaw is having another great year but the biggest surprise has been Alex Wood. He was once a promising young starter for Atlanta but has yet to reach his potential as he has dealt with injuries that have hindered his career. So far this year Wood has been healthy and a difference maker as through 20 starts he has 14 wins and 1 loss. With Wood’s emergence and the addition of Darvish the Dodgers have a formidable top three and don’t have to put any pressure on fellow starter Hyun- Jin Ryu who has is 2-1 since returning from an injury.
Before the season the Dodgers were the favorite in the National League. They have the deepest rotation in the majors and if the playoffs were to start today their fifth best option would be Rich Hill who has 8 wins and only four losses. They have a great mix of veterans such as Justin Turner and Chase Utley to guide their young studs. Their biggest strength however is their young stars who are making major league pitching look easy. This team is built for a deep run and it seems like the only question is who they will play in the World Series
Written By: Jamie Gatlin
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