With the many moves made to the Los Angeles Dodgers roster this offseason, the team’s defense was upgraded with the additions of Howie Kendrick and four-time Gold Glove winner Jimmy Rollins. Although with the departures of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, many questioned whether the Dodgers offense would be able to maintain its’ effectiveness.
In both of their wins against the San Francisco Giants this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored a total of 15 runs and hit six home runs. Joc Pederson is responsible for two of those homers, and Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins contributed the rest.
The Dodgers offense seems to be just fine without Kemp and Ramirez, and Zack Greinke agrees via Mark Saxon of ESPN LA:
I thought we traded away a lot of our power and our offense has been as good as ever, so far,” said Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. “I know Howie’s been terrific and Joc’s better than, probably, anyone imagined, so that’s pretty good taking over for Matt and Hanley right there, those two guys.”
Pederson, who hit leadoff for the Dodgers on Wednesday for his very first time, has been hitting .348 in his past ten games including three home runs and six RBIs. The young center fielder struggled a bit in his first Major League action last September, but those days seem behind him as he has continually proved himself at the plate.
Although the player who has arguably made the biggest impact on the Dodgers lineup of the new additions is recent runner-up for NL Player of Week, Howie Kendrick. The second baseman is hitting .295 on the season thus far with three homers in 21 games. Last season, the former Angel hit just seven home runs over the entire season.
Greinke, who gave up an uncharacteristic seven hits and three runs in his first four innings on the mound on Wednesday’s win against the Giants, must be especially thankful for his teammates who have really stepped up in the Dodgers lineup.
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