Well, all the excitement and festivities of the All-Star break have come and gone. The All-Star break is a time to celebrate some of each leagues Best players. You dont need me to tell you again, but the National League did break the American League’s 13 game winning streak. Being a fan of a team of the National Leafue team, it feels good to know your team might have home-field advantage in the World Series. But enough with Anaheim and lets look forward to the 2nd half of baseball, which should have a lot of excitement in store for us.
Each division is very close with only the AL West and the NL East leaders having a lead more than 2 games at 4 games. While with the Dodgers, they find themselves in 2nd place (tied with the Rockies) and 2 games behind the Padres.
This time of the season it is the most exciting. Although, we hear the cliche that “all games are important” the games in the second half are well even more important.
As a fan you find yourself, looking at the schedule ahead and looking at the possible scenarios. You scoreboard watch and await the standings to change. It’s a really exciting time for baseball fans.
Let’s also not forget the trade deadline which comes at the end of the month. Will the Dodgers get pitching help? Will we add maybe another bat? I am no octopus to predict what will happen at the deadline or at the end of the season, but i sure hope the Dodgers are in the playoffs come October and possibly have home-field advantage in late October.
The Dodgers open up today in St. Louis for a start of a 4-game series. The Dodgers according to Buster Olney have the toughest schedule in the 2nd half facing more teams with a winning record. Come September though, its NL West v. NL West, and let’s hope the Dodgers do what they have done all season and that is beat up within their own division.
Manny is activated today, Sherrill is on Waivers and McCourt divorce looks ugly. Best of luck to the Blue Crew this second half, “Win for Vin”
Think Blue & support the Troops!
Well we have reached the midway point. The Mid-Summer Classic, the Halfway mark. There is many terms for it but it all means the same. We are done with one half of baseball. For our Dodgers it was certainly a fortunate first half to say the least. There has been more bumps on the Dodgers road rather than smooth sailing ship.
First half the Dodgers began sloppy. There was a lot of errors on the field and not much pitching. Our bullpen has been struggling most of the first half although of late it has shown signs of improvement. The club has not been healthy. Manny has been injured twice and his offensive power is greatly missed on the field. Good thing Loney, Ethier, Kemp and Furcal has picked up the load and carried the team offensively. Meanwhile, our pitching staff has taken some licks, we lost Padilla and Bills for a while. While our bullpen looks the elevator with people being send down and send up.
As a fan I hate to talk about it but also the “McCourts Divorce Court” drama really hasnt affected the team on the field, but maybe financially by not allowing the Dodgers management to get that one more big pitcher to complete the pitching staff. Although, we didnt get Cliff Lee (it was a LONG shot) i think the Dodgers will get one more pitcher by the end of the month. The name Haren has been floating around but im not sure if Arizona is willing to trade within the division but it would be a nice acquisition.
MVP no doubt has been James Loney who has been the most consistent of all the players on the field. Not many home runs but a lot of RBIs and I think although the “chicks dig the longball” they cant atleast appreciate a guy who can cash in runners. Pitching MVP has to be Kuo, he has been great coming in from the bullpen, if Sherrill was as good as he was last year we would have an unbelivable lefty weapons in our pen.
Whats to expect in the 2nd half? More like “what not to expect?” 4 teams in the NL West are fighting for that top spot and Im sure that the Wild Card will come out of the NL West once again. Padres have had a nice momentum so far, but im not sure they will be able to ride that wave, my guess they finish 3rd. Meanwhile Dodgers and Rockies are pretty even. I see the Dodgers/Rockies winning the Division and Wild Card. I would love for the Dodgers to 3-peat as NL West champs but as long as we make it into October im ok with that. Giants on the other hand have been very unpredictable at times they look unbeatable and at times they look just defeated early on, but I just dont see them having that offense to beat LA or Colorado. If the division is as close as it is right now. September, the thick of the pennant race is the month to watch where its NL West matchups all month. But i am very confident that the boys in blue will finish the year on a good note and into the playoffs.
Looking at the rest of the NL, the Reds are still hot but the Cardinals are creeping up. In the East, could the Phillies NOT make the playoffs this year? The Braves look very solid and it should be a good division to watch. How nice would it be for Bobby Cox to end his tenure in the big leagues by making it to the playoffs one last time (not win the pennant though).
Im excited for the second of baseball it should be very interesting and scoreboard watching second half. Dodgers resume ball on Thursday in St. Louis for the start of a 4 game series. Manny should be back on Thursday. Good Luck to our FOUR All-Stars (Furcal, Ethier, Kuo, Broxton) lets win Home Field Advantage for the World Series.
Think Blue and support the troops!