The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting to regain their winning ways from earlier in the season and they are setting their sights on the first-place Giants. There is a lot of baseball left to be played, but it is always good to go on the road and sweep a team like the Mets. Los Angeles was able to win the three-game series and they won the final game with a dramatic 12th-inning win. Will the Dodgers keep rolling on this road trip?
While Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis were hurt, the Dodgers struggled to put runs on the board. Now that the big bats are back, the Blue Crew is starting to score runs again. They put up 23 runs in the three-game series, and pounded out 35 hits. However, it was pinch hitter Matt Treanor who broke a 3-3 tie in the 14th inning on July 22. This unleashed a five-run inning that was the final blow to the Mets.
It feels like the Dodgers are starting to get their whole team on the same page. The pitching staff wasn't exactly dominant against New York, but there was enough balance to get the sweep and the Dodgers now have a four-game winning streak. The Dodgers will now have a tough four-game series with the Cards before they head to San Francisco for a showdown with the Giants. That could be a statement series that has ramifications for the rest of the season.
There are rumors that the Dodgers are exploring various trade opportunities. Granted, there are a lot of teams out there that are looking for additional help, particularly as it pertains to pitching. Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster of the Cubs have been mentioned, but it will be interesting to see how much the Dodgers would be willing to give up. You can always use more pitching, but this is not necessarily a major weakness of the Dodgers right now. They should be careful that they do not give away too many prospects.
The author grew up in Seattle and is ultimately loyal to the Mariners, but now lives in Los Angeles and also roots for Dodger Blue. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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