Los Angeles Dodgers Poised for 2014 Second-Half Run

By Daniel Chait
Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 MLB Season
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The Los Angeles Dodgers now find themselves with a three-game lead on the San Francisco Giants and look as if they can’t be stopped. After beating the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, the Dodgers were able to put together their first four-game winning streak of the season. The 2014 Dodgers have been able to come through with big hits in key situations.

The Boys in Blue have received steady contributions from the top four hitters all year long, which has led to their success. A player who doesn’t get talked about much is 2014 All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, but he is quietly putting together one of the best seasons by any second baseman in baseball. It is safe to say that Gordon has been the MVP for the Dodgers thus far. Not only does he steal every base in sight, but he is starting to learn the defensive nuances of second base. Gordon’s glove at second is a welcome sight considering the Dodgers are among the worst teams defensively in MLB.

Another player who is returning to form is Matt Kemp. A subject of many trade rumors, Kemp is doing what he can to show that he still belongs in the lineup as an everyday starter for the Dodgers. There is no denying Kemp’s talent, but injuries have caused him to miss games all year long. The 29-year-old outfielder is finally healthy, and he is starting to put out a consistent product on the field for Don Mattingly.

Juan Uribe is also a very underrated player for the Dodgers. Uribe plays a solid defensive third base and always seems to come up with big hits in key situations. The third baseman will be a key piece for the Dodgers moving forward. The latest addition of veteran second baseman Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs will give Mattingly a great option off the bench mostly in fielding situations.

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