By Nick Silverman @NickySilv on May 9, 2014
25 games into the season, the Dodgers find themselves in third place in the NL West at 19-17. The Boys in Blue didn’t get off to the start they hoped to, and what was once the weakest division in baseball now seems like the class of the MLB. It’s going to be a real bare knuckle brawl with the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies, and the Dodgers will have to toughen up in a few areas to come out on top.
With a storyline that feels more fitting in "Freaky Friday," Brandon League and Brian Wilson have seemingly swapped 2013 roles. League is sporting a surprising sub 2.00 ERA, while Wilson finds his north of 10.00.
The Dodgers have committed 33 errors in 36 games, good for second most in the bigs.
The 33-year-old right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 36:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's strengthened the back of the rotation, and provided the staff a big boost with injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The Dodgers have struck out 306 times on the year, that's 8.5 K's per game. When you have as much team speed as the Dodgers have at the top of their lineup, it's imperative to put the ball in play to put pressure on the opposing defense.
The second-base position was a big question mark coming into Spring Training for the Dodgers. Dee Gordon has since turned it into an exclamation point. Gordon is hitting .338 with a league-leading 21 stolen bases, and providing consistency at the top of the order. He has a chance to snag 100 bags this year.
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