The Dodgers have taken the baseball world by storm as they’ve won 38 of their last 46 games and have put themselves into the conversation as not only the best team in the National League, but all of baseball.
After seeing their deficit in the NL West as high as 9.5 games, manager Don Mattingly maintained they just needed to get healthy before judging how good or bad the team was.
Well, the Dodgers are the talk of the baseball landscape and ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian discussed their playoff prospects on the SVP & Russillo show:
They have a chance to be as good as there is in the major leagues because you can throw Kershaw, Greinke and then Ryu, that’ll matchup with anyone. If Kenley Jansen is the real thing and they have a closer, then that’s covered. If they ever get Matt Kemp back, they have star power all over the place. Hanley Ramirez is an amazing hitter and he’s right when he’s healthy. Puig, Adrian Gonzalez they’re loaded and could be a very difficult out.
With such a wide lead in the NL West, the Dodgers can set their sights on the best record in the NL as they seem to be getting healthier with the impending return of Hanley Ramirez.
Jansen accomplished his own “perfect game” as he retired 27 consecutive hitters and the role players like Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto have both pitched in.
Ricky Nolasco has been a solid fourth starter since he’s arrived from the Marlins as the Dodgers show up to the park everyday knowing and believing they have a chance to win every night.
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