You can talk all you want about the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense leading them to the NL West lead, but defense has also played a major role.
Of course there's the talk of Yasiel Puig and his amazing catches, but we sometimes forget about other players who make spectacular plays.
Hanley Ramirez is one of those players, and he showed it recently.
In Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs, which the Dodgers won 6-4, Ramirez made a beautiful play at shortstop.
It happened in the sixth inning when Dioner Navarro hit a ball into the hole at shortstop. Ramirez made a back-handed grab and then made an option-like pitch to Mark Ellis at second base. In turn, Ellis threw to first to complete the double play.
Twitter reacted to it as well:
Hanley Ramirez sat Castro down tonight and taught him a lesson on how to play shortstop— Randy Marsh (@casey_papp) August 2, 2013
The Dodgers have won 17 of their last 21 games. The offense and pitching have largely been credited with helping push the Dodgers into first place in the NL West.
While both have come up huge, I would be remiss not to say the defense has had a large part in the resurgence as well.
And it's not just Puig and Ramirez. Everyone is getting in on the action.
Skip Schumaker had a leaping grab on Wednesday, while others have also come up big in key situations on defense. And that's what it takes to be a winning baseball team.
While Ramirez's play was nice, it's something Dodger fans have become accustomed to during the team's resurgence.
The Dodgers are playing better baseball, and the defense is one of the biggest reasons for that.
Without the stellar plays on defense by the likes of Ramirez and Puig, the Dodgers likely would not be in first place.