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5 Ridiculous Overreactions to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Early Action

5 Ridiculous Overreactions to Los Angeles Dodgers' Early Action

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With the regular season now in full swing with the Los Angeles Dodgers getting off to a decent start, there are still many pointing to certain areas and players on the team as not meeting their lofty expectations so far this year. With that mind, here are five ridiculous overreactions to the Dodgers' play this season.

5. The Absence of Clayton Kershaw Willl Handicap the Dodgers' Pitching Staff

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5. The Absence of Clayton Kershaw Willl Handicap the Dodgers' Pitching Staff

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With the two-time Cy Young award winner sidelined for the next few weeks, there's a big hole on the Dodgers' starting pitching rotation. However it is not as big as many make it out to be as Los Angeles has one of the deepest pitching staffs in the league that include viable starters in Zach Grienke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and now possibly Dan Haren. Yes, there will be a drop off but not as much as it may be perceived.

4. Brian Wilson's Performance Last Season Was a Fluke

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4. Brian Wilson's performance Last Season Was a Fluke

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After joining the Dodgers midway through the 2013 season, Wilson was dominant as can be. But his 2014 season has gotten off on the wrong foot with an elbow injury. Prior to injury, he gave up a two-run home run in last appearance and had a not so impressive spring training. These give reason to question his ability, but when Wilson returns from his injury he will put all that chatter to bed as the beard will be dominant once again.

3. Kenley Jansen is Not the Dodgers' Answer at Closer

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3. Kenley Jansen is Not the Dodgers' Answer at Closer

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After an impressive 2013 that saw him post a sub-2.00 and record 28 saves, the 26-year-old is off to a rough start to this season as he has been anything but dominant (0-1, 4.76 ERA, and .385 BAA in 5.2 innings) on the mound. His early season struggles may have some questioning whether he is the answer at closer. But as he showed after his difficult May last season, he will get through it and get back to being a lights out closer.

2. Yasiel Puig will remain a distraction throughout the season

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2. Yasiel Puig will remain a distraction throughout the season

Yasiel Puig
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The 23-year-old has already begun with his usual on the on-the-field shenanigans with his teammates and manager Don Mattingly. This has many Dodgers fans shaking their heads over his behavior and concerned about his long-term future. However, one must remember that Puig is still adjusting to the U.S. lifestyle and with his teammates' continued tutelage he will get his act together for the sake of the team.

1. Matt Kemp Will Not Return to Being an MVP-Caliber Player

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1. Matt Kemp Will Not Return to Being an MVP-Caliber Player

Matt Kemp
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The past two seasons have been nothing short of difficult for Kemp as he battled through several injuries and two shoulder surgeries that limited his ability to stay on the field. This has led many to question whether he will ever be the MVP-caliber player that he was in 2011. The 29-year-old may put that to rest this year as he finally appears to be healthy and is beginning to swing the bat with power (two home runs in 18 ABs). So watch out.