Imagine dousing a ghost chili pepper in Pepper Palace hot sauce and chowing down while wearing a Santa suit next to a furnace on a summer day in Death Valley. Now double that level of hotness and you have an idea of how well the Dodgers have been playing over the last week and a half.
The offense is finally healthy (almost—Carl Crawford is still a few rehab games away from returning), the bats are clicking, the bullpen has been revamped, and Yasiel Puig is still doing his best Mike Trout impression.
In just over a week, the team has made up over five games in the standings, and now, improbably, sit only four games behind the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. The most promising development in the front office has been the lobotomy performed on Ned Colletti. Well, that's the only reasonable explanation for the long-awaited DFAs of both Luis Cruz and Matt Guerrier.
The open roster spots have been filled by some prospects, including Chris Withrow again, and another exciting young pitcher who can touch triple digits with the fastball. Let's see where the top 10 list ranks, in comparison to last week.
Don't forget, I am no longer considering Matt Magill and Yasiel Puig "prospects," based on big league service time. And at the rate this youth movement is rolling in Los Angeles, that list might be getting longer in the coming weeks.
All stats courtesy of MiLB.com and current as of 6/30/2013.