For the entire 2017 season thus far, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been the team to beat. They are by far the most dominant team in baseball and will certainly be very difficult to beat as the Major League Baseball Postseason is right around the corner. However, a cold spell has slightly derailed their dominance, and that should be a cause for concern for the team and its fans.
Before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 31, the Dodgers had not been swept all year. That stat alone just shows the type of season it has been for Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks ended up breaking that streak, and went on to defeat the Dodgers in blowout fashion, 8-1. With injuries to rookie phenom Cody Bellinger and ace Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers find themselves slightly hurting.
The Dodgers’ current five game losing streak is their longest in over a year, which is hard to believe – but true. During this cold spell, some flaws are coming to life with the juggernaut team. Some players look fatigued, and their magic seemed to have run out during this streak.
Although the Dodgers were swept, they are missing some of their current superstars, including SS Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, and Cody Bellinger. The Dbacks also had their ace going in RHP Zack Greinke, who has been phenomenal all season long at home. Their sweep shouldn’t necessarily be alarming for the Dodgers, however it should be more of a wakeup call that the regular season isn’t over just yet.
So, here we are. September 1 starts the last full month of the regular season. With rosters expanding, contending clubs are resting up some stars and gearing up for what is sure to be a wild and spectacular postseason. Fortunately, reinforcements are on the way for the Dodgers. Ace LHP Clayton Kershaw gets the bump for his team tonight, while superstar Cody Bellinger is also due back this week after what appeared to be an ankle injury while making a play one week ago.
Heading into the postseason, it is absolutely vital that Clayton Kershaw pitches to his potential. He is certainly a Game One starter and all eyes will be on him from here on out. Considering he is coming off the DL, there will be extra focus on him to see if he is as sharp as he was before his DL stint. He must stay healthy and give his club length for them to do big things in the postseason.
Cody Bellinger must also perform at a high standard that he has set for himself, after a historic rookie season heading into September. Although the Dodgers have plenty of offensive weapons with he likes of Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor, it would be great to see Cody thrive right off the DL.
From here on out, the Dodgers must treat every game very importantly, and they must not lose sight on their ultimate goal – winning a World Series. They must not become lazy or act as if this last month of the regular season isn’t important. They will more than likely reach the postseason, but they must play out their remaining games and not underestimate the importance of them, as they can boost their confidence heading into October.
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