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!