1st-Quarter Grades for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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1st-Quarter Grades for the Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Los Angeles Dodgers entered their 43rd game of the season Wednesday night at 22-19, 3.5 games back of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants. It's not exactly where they expected to be, but fans can take solace in the fact that the Giants have overachieved significantly, and the Dodgers have yet to hit their stride on offense or in the bullpen.

Remember, this time last year, the Giants were also leading the way, but the Dodgers were scuffling in last place, stuck there until mid-June. Despite some challenges and a couple of rough stretches, the Dodgers are a short winning streak away from first place.

With ace Clayton Kershaw and catcher A.J. Ellis back, the Dodgers are almost completely healthy (Hyun-Jin Ryu is still on the DL, but he's expected to return shortly, and Juan Uribe will return Friday). With the supreme rotation and big bats, such as Matt Kemp, finally starting to go, the Dodgers are almost ready to put the National League on notice.

But how have they fared in the first 42 games? Who was the most surprising player? The most disappointing? What kind of a grade will a bullpen that leads the majors in walks get? And how did oft-maligned skipper Don Mattingly score?

Read on to see the Dodgers' grades from the first quarter of the season.

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