The LA Dodgers were in trouble when they failed to win the NLW even though they had a superb team under a $275m payroll. It felt like several Hall of Famers were crammed into a clown car. They had so much depth that an All-Star would find himself benched, every night.
But now the Dodgers are finally here and have climbed above the SF Giants to claim the top after April 28 and it feels like they will not look back now.
The Dodgers Have Risen From Their Slumber
The final month might see the Dodgers and Giants move up and down and exchange the West lead. The Giants are hosting a 3-game series that looks like a showdown but feels like a requiem for the home team.
The Dodgers have won 18 from their last 22 and erased a deficit that was 5 games near August 13. This hole had further deepened after they signed All-Stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to their team.
There is a good chance that the Dodgers will be unstoppable now. Max Scherzer is playing better than ever. Scherzer has not since he suffered the indignity of blowing an 8-0 lead. He has posted an ERA of 1.32. Yielded a .505 OPS against struck out 55 against 8 walks. He pitched through a muscle tightening on Wednesday but managed to hold the Atlanta Braves to 3 harmless singles in 6 shutout innings. His fastballs are blazing at 95-96 mph.
Max Muncy is playing well too and is now on top of the NL leaderboard in Wins Above Replacement. Muncy has 30 home runs which are 6 short of Fernando Tatis’ but is still considered to be a perfect hitter.
If the Dodgers manage to win the World Series Kevin Quackenbush will get a championship ring, thanks to a 1/3rd of an inning he managed for the team.