Dodgers First Month and a Half Review

Hello Dodger fans, it’s good to be back on here talking about the league leading boys in blue!  The Dodgers currently stand at 29-13 tops in MLB after roughly a month and half’s worth of play.  Matt Kemp has picked up where he left off last year as a true MVP candidate, and making good on his promise to let Beast Mode off its’ leash.  Kemp was National League Player of the Month for April with a .417 average accompanied by 12 homeruns (a Dodger record) and 25 RBI.  However, Kemp has been dealing with a troublesome hamstring in May, consequently forcing him to the 15-day DL.  However, aside from Kemp’s MVP effort, the Dodgers have also been carried by another star.  Andre Ethier, appearing to be fully recovered from an injured knee last year, is leading the league in RBI.  Carrying over from last year is the Dodgers’ strong starting pitching.  Four of the five starters have more wins than losses, including 11-1 between Ted Lilly and surprising acquisition Chris Capuano.  The Dodgers trail only the Washington Nationals in team ERA, so pitching is clearly a strength.  Both C A.J. Ellis and 2B Mark Ellis are among the league leaders in OBP and runs scored, respectively.  And the biggest difference from last year to this, the Dodgers are finding a way to manufacture runs.  The scored 6 runs a game in their weekend sweep of the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  All without Matt Kemp in the lineup.  The Dodgers have also been without Juan Rivera, however, the acquisition of Bobby Abreu has certainly offset that.  Most recently Mark Ellis sustained a leg injury that will force him to miss the next 6 weeks.  Ellis is an outstanding defensive second baseman, and has been instrumental in moving runners over and setting the table for Kemp and Ethier.  The team will look to offset that with the callups of Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke, who hit the go-ahead 3-run homerun last night for his first big-league blast.  The other noticeable difference has been in the attendance at the stadium,  the fans have returned to Dodger Stadium.  Frank McCourt is finally out as the owner after selling the team for a remarkable $2 billion, a record for any pro-franchise.  The group fronted by Lakers great Magic Johnson and and backed by money from a Chicago investment firm are now in place as the owners.  One of the first moves of the new ownership group was to drop the price of parking from $15 to $10.  Certainly, a popular move.  The Dodgers continued their hot play in Arizona scoring another six-runs behind homers from Andre Ethier, James Loney, and Matt Treanor!  Chris Capuano, continued to dominate on the mound giving up a run in 6 innings, and to further augment the Dodgers strong pitching, Clayton Kershaw was named NL player of the week.  Matt Kemp is eligible to return from the DL a week from today.  The sky could be the limit for the Dodgers this season.

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