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Dodgers Now Projected to Finish Just 4 Games Up on the Padres

Despite a myriad of injuries to star players, the Dodgers managed to come into the All-Star break a whopping 30 games above the .500 mark. They carry a 10-game lead over the Padres in the west, and they should also be getting some big names back into the mix pretty soon. The second–half is looking incredibly promising for Los Angeles. 

And yet, the metrics don’t quite agree with that. Even with one of the weaker remaining schedules in baseball, the Dodgers are projected by Fangraphs to finish just 4 games above the Padres in the NL West. That’s a 6-game swing between now and October. 

But the Dodgers are going to get back guys like Walker Buehler, Dustin May, Andrew Heaney, and Blake Treinen at some point. Showing that much regression in the second half would be one heck of a problem for this team, especially rolling into the playoffs. 

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But Fangraphs has them projected to go 41-31 after the All-Star break, just 10 games above the .500 mark. Obviously, there is a lot that goes into these projections, but a falloff of that level is something to keep an eye on for this squad. 

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