The LA Dodgers are bringing hope and excitement in 2014
Heading in to the end of June, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been an exciting team to watch and have been running away with the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the NL West, trailing the Giants by only a game and leading the third place Rockies by ten games. Find discount Dodger Tickets online and take your family to the game!
2013 breakout rookie Yasiel Puig is continuing his success during this 2014 season, not only leading the Dodgers with a .920 OPS but his batting average of .311 leads the team as well. Puig hasn’t been the only standout player thus far, as up and coming second baseman Dee Gordon has been making a name for himself this season in a big way, and could be heading to his first All-Star game this July. Not only is he leading the majors with 40 stolen bases already this year, but he also already has almost as many extra base hits half way through this year (22) as he did from the three previous seasons combined (26).
Pitching ace Zack Greinke has been stellar so far this season, going 10-4, with 111 strikeouts and a 2.78 ERA, down from his career ERA of 3.60. Josh Beckett has also been in good form, leading the team with a 2.11 ERA which is well below his career average of 3.85.
With All-Star caliber players like Puig, Gordon, Kershaw and Greinke, as well as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez who leads the team with 13 home runs and 49 RBI’s, the Dodgers are setting themselves up for an outstanding run to the playoffs during the second half of the season.
The upcoming schedule for the Dodgers looks very favorable heading in to the All-Star break, with eight of ten games against NL West opponents with losing records. After a four game road trip against the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers head to Detroit for two games before they go home to face the San Diego Padres for the last four games before the All-Star break. After the break, the Dodgers open with a tough nine game road trip against St. Louis, Pittsburgh and NL West leader San Francisco.
With road trips against several division leaders later in the second half of the season, including the Braves, Brewers, and Giants, the Dodgers have the talent to overtake the Giants and be a division leader themselves. The tough schedule gets evened out a bit with several games left to play against teams such as the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Padres as well as a three game home stand against the Rockies to end the regular season. This leaves the Dodgers set up nicely to make the playoffs, as they currently hold the first NL wild card spot.