Los Angeles Dodgers: 7 Role Players That Must Step Up in 2012

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 7 Role Players That Must Step Up in 2012
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently experiencing one of the worst seasons in the history of the storied franchise. 

Not only has the club’s owner Frank McCourt filed for bankruptcy and refused to sell the team, despite Bud Selig’s urgent request, but as of August 5, the Dodgers are 10 games below .500 and 11 games out of first place in the NL West.  To make things even worse, the team’s average attendance is one of its worst in years and the fans are even beginning to boycott the games.   

Despite all that has gone wrong in Los Angeles, there have been a few bright spots for the Dodgers this season.  

All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp is in the midst of one of the greatest seasons in the history of baseball offensively.  He ranks near the top in the National League in home runs, RBI’s, batting average, and stolen bases.  Add the fact that the 26-year-old Kemp is also playing Gold Glove ball in the outfield and the Dodgers have a superstar that they could rely on for many seasons to come. 

However, the age old fact of baseball is that pitching wins championships, or at least that is what determined last year’s title for the Giants

The Dodgers have always had some of the best arms in the game throughout the years, and this year is certainly no exception, as Clayton Kershaw is putting up Cy Young worthy numbers for the boys in blue.  The first time All-Star selection and NL Pitcher of the Month in July, Kershaw is already mentioned with the most dominant pitchers in the league at just 23 years old.  Not only is Kershaw running away with this year’s strikeout title, but he is also among the leaders in almost every other pitching category. 

Now that the Dodgers have a few players that they can center their team around, the club should be headed in the right direction once their ownership situation is settled. In order to do so, the Dodgers superstars must get support from this list of seven role players, to help bring the team back into the win column. 

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