The Los Angeles Dodgers spent most of the first half of the MLB season leading the National League West, but they will need big second-half performances from many of their players in order to make the playoffs.
When Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier went down with injuries, the Dodgers began to struggle. Any team would have a hard time winning games after losing their best two offensive players, so it was not a shock to see them lose a few games.
They lost 15 of their final 20 games before the All-Star break, and they were shut out six times during that stretch.
After losing two of three at home to San Diego to start the second half, the Dodgers are looking for someone to step up.
Los Angeles is only one-and-a-half games back, so they are right in the middle of things.
Kemp and Ethier are back in the lineup, but they will need other players to contribute if they hope to make a run at the postseason.
*Stats courtesy of ESPN.com as of 7/15*