Since the return of Hanley Ramirez from the disabled list earlier in the season and the debut of Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig, there has been plenty of love thrown at the Los Angeles Dodgers dangerous offense. That is for very good reason as they have proven themselves dangerous at any point in the batting order and difficult to shut down for sure. Is that the reason for their success however? I don’t think it is, at least not alone. The bigger reason is how that works alongside the starting pitching staff.
The leader of this group is of course Clayton Kershaw. This guy is the best pitching in baseball. If someone argues with that, they’re entitled to their opinion and the right to be wrong. He’s the best out there. Starting pitchers don’t just toss around 1.72 ERA for fun. There is no drop off after him though. Look at Rickey Nolasco at 2.53 and Zach Greinke at 2.85. You aren’t talking about guys that are easy to beat right there. The worst of the top four is Hyun-Jin Ryu at 3.08.
I’m telling you these guys are the main reason for the success of this team. Offenses cannot sustain a long winning trend the way a pitching staff can. Eventually even the greatest offense will get outscored and even shut down from time to time. There is no way to stop a pitching staff that is absolutely on fire. This group of four could win a playoff series with the double-A team playing behind them. Couple them with the dangerous offense of the Dodgers and you don’t get a good team; you get a machine.