The Dodgers should be considered to be the hottest team in baseball it’s time that everyone recognize that this team is for real and not just on some lucky hot streak anymore. The Dodgers have opened up a 7.5 game lead over the second place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West and don’t look be stopping anytime soon.
Even though the Dodgers don’t seem to need any help to continue their winning ways, except for maybe the return of Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp, the second place Diamondbacks suffered a huge blow.
According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross suffered a dislocated hip in Sunday’s game against the New York Mets and could miss the remainder of the season:
#Dbacks Ross is currently at the hospital. Put his hip back in joint. Team didn’t say it, but can’t imagine he’s coming back this year.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) August 11, 2013
Ross, now 32 years old, missed the first ten games of the season with a strained left calf and since returning on April 13, he has posted a .747 OPS in 350 trips to the plate. The Diamondbacks signed Ross as a free agent in the off-season to a three-year, $26 million contract.
So far this season, Ross has hit for an average of .325 against the Dodgers. Although he hasn’t driven in a lot of runs, his production in the lineup is something that Diamondbacks will not only miss in games against the Dodgers, but also down the road as the Diamondbacks continue to try and stay afloat in the N.L. West.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest on Matt Kemp’s ankle injury.