Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. That’s exactly how the Los Angeles Dodgers felt during the 2014 MLB trade deadline. With the Dodgers currently riding a season-high six-game win streak, general manager Ned Colletti decided to keep his top prospects and trust his current roster. For the first time all season, the entire roster is healthy and the Dodgers are starting to show what they are capable of.
The Dodgers started slowly after the All-Star break going 2-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, but consecutive three-game sweeps have put the Dodgers 3.5 games up on the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are starting to show that they can win the close games and they can also put runs on the board. In the three-game sweep against the Giants, the Dodgers outscored their rivals 17-4 while amassing 11 extra base hits. Once again Clayton Kershaw was dominant in his weekend start, throwing a complete game shutout, while striking out seven and walking only one.
Their most recent series against the Atlanta Braves saw the Dodgers win each game in a different fashion. Game 1 was a come from behind victory after trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning. Matt Kemp, who has been on fire of late, hit two home runs to pace the 15-hit effort. Game 2 saw Kenley Jansen suffer his first blown save since June 20, but Kemp was there to save the game with a walk-off single in the 10th inning. Then came Kershaw with another spectacular outing to complete the three-game sweep in a 2-1 win.
The Dodgers have a strong group of core players to rely on for the remainder of the season. Since the All-Star break, Kemp is hitting .436 with three home runs and 11 RBIs. If he can continue that strong play, it makes the whole lineup that much more dangerous.
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