5 Biggest Surprises for Los Angeles Dodgers Through First Half of Season

5 Biggest Surprises For The Los Angeles Dodgers Through The First Half Of The Season

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After a rough start to the 2014 MLB season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have found themselves at 51-42 and tied for first place in the NL West. Since the first half was a bit of a rollercoaster, here is a look at the five biggest surprises the team has encountered.

5. Brian Wilson Has Not Pitched Well

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5. Brian Wilson Has Not Pitched Well

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Reliever Brian Wilson was given a hefty ten million dollar contract to set up for the Dodgers in 2014 and has been a major disappointment. Wilson has pitched to a dreadful 5.64 ERA and 1.879 WHIP and has cost the club a few games, much to the surprise of General Manager Ned Colletti.

4. Chad Billingsley is Injured Again

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4. Chad Billingsley is Injured Again

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Starting-pitcher Chad Billingsley missed the majority of the 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery, but during the 2014 offseason the club had fully expected the former front of the rotation starter to be healthy and productive this season. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Billingsley has not made an appearance and is out again for the entire season after another surgery.

3. Justin Turner Has Excelled in the Utility Role

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3. Justin Turner Has Excelled in the Utility Role

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Infielder Justin Turner has been superb in the utility role for the Dodgers this season. He has filled in admirably at third base at times for an injured Juan Uribe, hitting .302 with three HRs and 21 RBIs in 176 plate appearances. A return from a current stint on the disabled list is very important to the Dodgers clubhouse.

2. Josh Beckett Has Pitched Like an Ace

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2. Josh Beckett Has Pitched Like an Ace

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After injuries and lackluster performances since being traded to the Dodgers during the 2012 season, SP Josh Beckett has made a significant comeback in 2014 and is pitching like an ace despite his 6-5 record. In 17 starts, Beckett is pitching to a 2.26 ERA and a 1.032 WHIP and has struck out 95 batters in 103.2 innings pitched, good for a solid 8.2 K/9 ratio. He also pitched the first no-hitter of the MLB season.

1. Dee Gordon is Finally Playing to His Potential

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1. Dee Gordon is Finally Playing to His Potential

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Second baseman Dee Gordon has been incredibly important to the Dodgers' success as he serves as a spark-plug in the leadoff spot. In just 87 games Gordon leads the league with an astounding 42 stolen bases, is hitting nearly .300 (.298) and, more importantly, is getting on base 35 percent of the time (.351 OBP). Gordon is truly the nucleus of the Dodgers offense.

Timothy Downs is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.

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