The Los Angeles Dodgers, dealing with a Major League Baseball takeover, numerous injuries and victims of some bad luck, limped to a 14-15 record in April. Manager Don Mattingly has had to make difficult decisions not only because of injuries to starters such as Rafael Furcal and Casey Blake, but also because of poor performances such as the decline of both James Loney and Jonathan Broxton.
Overall, the Dodgers have played very similar to most people's expectations. However, most people picked the Dodgers to finish in the lower part of the National League Western Division. A mediocre record will cause more changes to be made, more than just the promotion of Jerry Sands and his immediate influence. It will be the bullpen, such as Kenley Jansen being sent down to Double-A Chattanooga on Sunday. It will be the bench, which currently consists of Ivan De Jesus (.167 average) and Russell Mitchell, who no one expected to be on the team.
May will prove whether the Dodgers will merely sink, or if they can rise up out of inconsistency and run off a string of wins. Can Ned Colletti make a move to help them? Will the ownership issues prevent any moves?
Let's take a look back at how the Dodgers fared in April by handing out some grades to each aspect of the squad...