As the Dodgers begin their three game series in Atlanta against the Braves, let’s take a look at just where the team stands. Yesterday, the Giants lost 9-7 at home against the Diamondbacks. The Rockies beat the Reds 5-1 in Cincinnati. So the Rockies are tied for first place with the Dodgers, and both of these teams enjoy a one and a half game lead over the Giants. How in the world did the Rockies get into first place? The old-fashioned way, by winning a majority of their series. They took 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks, lost 2 of 3 to the Padres, took 2 of 3 from the Giants (at home), and took 2 of 3 from the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Are the Rockies playing over their heads or are they legitimate? Time will tell.
Meanwhile, as Oldbrooklynfan said, it’s time for the Dodgers to beat up on a weaker team. The Braves started the year losing nine games in a row to the likes of the Nationals and the Cardinals. But in their most recent series, they swept the Marlins 3-0 on the road.
Alex Wood (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Williams Perez (0-0, 7.00 ERA)
Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.03 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (0-2, 6.35 ERA)
Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.64 ERA) vs. Matt Wisler (0-1, 4.61 ERA)
How is the Dodgers’ offense shaping up through the first four series of the year? Given the small sample size available, it’s a little too early to tell too much, but let’s look at the position players in descending order of hits, and show just the hits and batting averages:
Yasiel Puig, 16 hits, .356
Adrian Gonzalez, 16 hits, .314
Corey Seager, 13 hits, .265
Kike Hernandez, 12 hits, .400
Chase Utley, 12 hits, .300
Justin Turner, 11 hits, .250
Joc Pederson, 9 hits, .257
Trayce Thompson, 7 hits, .292
Yasmani Grandal, 4 hits, .444
Charlie Culberson, 4 hits, .308
Howie Kendrick, 4 hits, .211
AJ Ellis, 4 hits, .174
Before the year started, I said that the offense really needs good hitting from Puig, Pederson, and Grandal. Puig is doing pretty well, he’s hitting the ball hard and he’s getting good at bats. Pederson is doing okay; but he’s definitely a work in progress. Grandal has not yet had a ton of at bats, due to his time on the disabled list, but so far so good.