Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Players Who Need To Step Up In August

Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Players Who Must Step Up In August

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Now leading the NL West and seemingly ready to pull away from the field, the Dodgers need plenty of players to step up. These five players are particularly important to the team's success down the stretch.

5. Clayton Kershaw

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5. Clayton Kershaw

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It's hard to step up more than Kershaw has this season. Therefore, he just needs to continue his torrid pace in order for the Dodgers to hold the lead in the division. That's a lot to ask, but there are 30 million reasons why Kershaw can step up to the challenge.

4. Kenley Jansen

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4. Kenley Jansen

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There's nothing more important to a contender down the stretch than a sturdy bullpen. Jansen is the team's closer, and he needs to be lights-out in order for the Dodgers to start to pull away with the division.

3. Yasiel Puig

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3. Yasiel Puig

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As the spark plug of the Dodgers' offense, Puig needs to really step up this month. He's a player with the ability to take over for weeks at a time. As long as he can do that in August, the Dodgers could be planning on holding onto a sizable division lead by September.

2. Hyun-jin Ryu

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2. Hyun-jin Ryu

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Everybody knows how dominant Kershaw and Zack Greinke can be, but most seem to forget about Ryu. He's been dominant as well and as the No. 3 starter, he's vital to the team's success. He bridges the rotation from top to bottom and as long as he remains true to form, the Dodgers should be just fine.

1. Matt Kemp

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1. Matt Kemp

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Kemp has finally stepped up for the Dodgers lately, belting five home runs over his last six games. If he can regain his MVP-like form that he showed off a few years ago, the Dodgers' lineup will be absolutely deadly. His success at the plate could carry Los Angeles not only to the playoffs, but to the World Series.

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