The Los Angeles Dodgers were in last place in the National League West, 9.5 games behind first place Arizona, on June 22. Roughly three months later, those same Dodgers find themselves in first place, 9.5 games ahead of second place Arizona.
Winning the division is nothing worth celebrating given the number of big name players, making big name money, on the roster. Expectations have been high since new ownership arrived; when Hanley Ramirez and the fried-chicken Red Sox arrived those same expectations jumped from high to sky-high.
Sky-high expectations, aside, this has been one of the most tumultuous Dodgers seasons in recent memory. From the Carlos Quentin incident, to the arrival of Yasiel Puig, to the Arizona Diamondbacks incident, it has been anything but a smooth ride.
With 10 games left in the regular season, it’s time to look back on the year that was and highlight some guys who disappointed, and others who surprised. In that order simply because we all like happy endings.