With the major front office transformations, and numerous trades and signings that followed, the Los Angeles Dodgers were on a mission to transform an organization that was fresh off being eliminated in the National League Division Series by the St. Louis Cardinals for the second consecutive year.
Now, two weeks into the season, the Dodgers at 9-4, currently sit in a tie with the San Diego Padres atop the National League West standings. Heading into Tuesday’s game, the Dodgers swept consecutive three-game series and were riding a seven-game winning streak.
Although the departure of superstars Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez came at the apprehension of some, they were just two moves that paved the way for key additions. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman has quickly taken to the lineup he revamped and so too has Adrian Gonzalez.
According to Anthony Witrado of ESPN, Gonzalez isn’t surprised by the lineups’ production:
Just look at who we have. I’ve already explained it a million times: we lost two guys, but we gained four [Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal],” Gonzalez said. “This would surprise you if you didn’t believe me when I said it.”
Of the major offseason additions, Howie Kendrick has been the most instrumental in the Dodgers’ success thus far. He’s swung a hot bat from the cleanup spot, which led to manager Don Mattingly referring to him and Gonzalez as a dynamic duo for the team. Joc Pederson has also played well with the expected peaks and valleys from a rookie at the plate.
Arguably the biggest surprise for the Dodgers outside of their young relievers has been the emergence of Alex Guerrero. He’s quickly established himself as a utility player and added an RBI double Tuesday to his collection of hits.
From the top of the order better depth in the Minors, the club has already relied on its improved depth and figures to continue doing so moving forward.
Dodgers President Of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman