After clinching the NL West title, the Dodgers were looking forward to getting all their players healthy for a World Series run. Unfortunately, the week was full of lows on and off the field as the regular season came to a close this afternoon.
On Wednesday night, Jonathan Denver was fatally stabbed by a Giants fan after both sides exchanged insults. The post-game confrontation quickly reminded everyone of the incident in 2011 when Giants fan, Brian Stow was brutally beaten by two Dodgers fans and suffered permanent brain damage.
With the Dodgers set to play the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, the pressure is mounting as the off-season chatter has begun. The Dodgers are current World Series favorites and how far the team goes may determine Don Mattingly’s future with the team. There are rumors that the Dodgers are preparing to go in a different direction if the team loses in the first round, as they have questioned Mattingly’s game managing.
Just when everyone thought the Dodgers were all getting healthy at the right time, Matt Kemp was surprisingly scratched from the lineup yesterday when he aggravated his injured left ankle. Many thought it was only a precaution to keep him out, but it was reported today that Kemp will be out for the playoffs.
After dealing with numerous injuries, Kemp’s return brought optimism to the Dodgers who were struggling at the time. He was hitting .333 with one home run and six RBIs and his strong play was very reminiscent of the player who finished runner-up in the 2011 MVP race.
With the uncertainty surrounding Andre Ethier’s ankle, it will be interesting to see what Dodgers team will be on the field in their playoff opener against the Braves.
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