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Since the Los Angeles Dodgers started making trade waves on July 25th by acquiring third baseman Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins, the team has gone just 19-17 heading into Labor Day.
Along would come Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and Joe Blanton within the next several weeks, giving the Dodgers an All-Star-caliber lineup across the board.
However, the problem is that the results have not really been there yet.
The team went the month of August playing just .500 ball, with a 14-14 record. That, of course, came after the additions of Ramirez, Victorino and Blanton.
Though the "trade heard 'round the world" happened on August 25th, the team has only gone 4-5 since beefing up the lineup.
That should be cause for concern among Dodgers' new ownership.
In their last 10 games, the San Francisco Giants have gone 7-3, increasing their lead in the NL West.
Since coming to the Dodgers, Gonzalez has seen his batting line drop considerably. In Boston, he was a .300/.343/.469/.812 hitter.
So far for the blue, he is a .211/.268/.342/.610 hitter. Not exactly what the team had in mind, regardless of the fact he is only nine games into his Dodger career.
On the flip side, Ramirez has seen his production increase in L.A. With the Marlins, he was obviously disgruntled. Then again, describing Hanley Ramirez as a disgruntled player is about as obvious a statement as "Rocky is the greatest movie of all time."
Clearly there is no room for debate there. I digress.
Han-Ram went from being a .246/.322/.428/.749 hitter in Miami to a .283/.348/.538/.886 hitter on the left coast.
Victorino is a player, like Gonzalez, who has seen a dip in his production in Los Angeles. Though not as drastic, his .261/.324/.401/.724 line must have been left on the plane from Philly.
Instead, the flyin' Hawaiian boasts a .248/.311/.339/.649 batting line for the Dodgers. Maybe it has to do with the time change? Jet lag?
When his second pitch as a Dodger was blasted out of the park by the Colorado Rockies' Tyler Colvin, it appeared as though a premonition was coming to fruition.
That said, Beckett managed to settle down and has gone on to split his decisions thus far, going 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.378 WHIP for the Dodgers.
Red Sox fans would have killed to have the 2.92 ERA Beckett over the 5.23 ERA version they saw this season.
If the Dodgers can find a way to work cohesively, they can still grab a wild-card spot. They are currently 4.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West, but only 0.5 behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card slot.
With 26 games left to play, the Dodgers need to catch fire and play better-than-.500 baseball.