Big Bats Coming Around for Los Angeles Dodgers

By Kenny Bristow
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

So far this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been in almost every game due to their solid pitching. Many of the games have been close, which gives the feeling that a break out inning is just around the corner.

Especially when you have a lineup of big bats like the blue crew has.

Unfortunately, runs have been hard to come by and the Dodgers have found themselves on the losing end of a couple winnable games. But it was only a matter of time before superstar sluggers like Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez would heat up.

Former All Star Carl Crawford who was one of the most dangerous hitters in the game just a few years ago with the Tampa Bay Rays has been waiting for the opportunity to get healthy since his trade from the Boston Red Sox to Los Angeles last season.

Crawford, after a couple of down years in Beantown, looks like he’s back to his old self of late, leading the Dodgers with a .464 BA and an OBP of .531 which makes him the perfect catalyst in the leadoff spot.  He’s also stolen two bases and homered in the young season.

Gonzalez is finding himself on base a lot for the blue crew early on. His .393 BA and 6 RBI have come at opportune times. You can see he’s getting comfortable at the plate and is very close to getting hot.

Kemp, who started the year pretty cold and is still below projections, has begun to find his swing. He has yet to hit a home run but has three doubles, which is a good sign his power numbers will be on a quick rise.

The Dodgers are the favorites to win the arms race, for sure, but they will need their big bats to come through when they find themselves behind in games. The bullpen has had a couple of shaky outings when called upon early in the game, so it’s best to have some hot lumber in the wings to bail them out.

Kenny Bristow is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for
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