The Los Angeles Dodgers are in first place coming off only their third defeat of September. The Dodgers are now a team ready to go into the playoffs. With 11 games left, the Dodgers are well on their way to winning the division.
So why the sudden surge?
The additions of Casey Blake and Manny Ramirez (MANNY!) have helped to boost the Dodgers into first place. Ramirez, known for not hustling or simply just Manny being Manny, has been a huge acquisition for the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox.
The Dodgers have that feared bat in their lineup and the man hitting in front of Manny benefits because he is able to see better pitches. Russell Martin was in that role and it didn't work out for him.
However Andre Ethier took full advantage of hitting in front of Manny and has he gone on a tear! The Dodgers outfield situation resolved itself with Jones stinking up the whole season, Pierre riding the pine and the three best outfielders were assured of their jobs.
Pitching has been great, even though our bullpen has some question marks. Can Broxton hold onto the lead as the interm closer? Even though Saito is back, he may reinjure himself (which I hope he will not).
Hopefully the Dodgers will continue to surge in a division that is theirs for the taking.
I will be buying my postseason tickets tomorrow. Go Blue.