The LA Dodgers are in first place despite getting swept in a 4 game series in St Louis. The came into the Sunday April 14th game vs Milwaukee for the rubber game of the 3 game series vs the team they beat in 7 games to advance to the world series last year. Reigning MVP Christian Yelich was kept sort of quiet in the series. LA ended up blowing out the Brewers in the afternoon game scoring 6 in the first 3 innings. Ross Stripling, who was left off the world series roster yet an all star last season, pitched very well going 8 innings yielding only 4 hits and one run. Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo each homered and remained hot to lead the offense.
The team looks in great shape again with another post season run depending on injuries. Clayton Kershaw almost started this game but was pushed back a day for his season debut. Ryu and Hill are still on the DL and pitching is the name of the game. The bullpen looks decent with Joe Kelly joining the mix and Jansen set again to close.
The rest of the team has talent all around and a lot of depth. Except maybe catcher with Austin Barnes and now injured Russell Martin. Justin Turner and Corey Seager will solidify 3rd base and shortstop respectively. A platoon between Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Kiki Hernandez will get second base covered. Muncy can also move around to 1st base. Veteran David Freese will fill in vs. lefties. Cody Bellinger is leading the league in all offensive categories and moves from 1st base to outfield. Peterson, Verdugo and free agent signee AJ Pollack round out the outfield. Dave Roberts seems confident and the SD Padres may be their toughest West opponent this season. We are only in April but there are big expectations. More at www.mlb.com/dodgers