Brewers @ Dodgers July 12, 2015: Finally, a break

Here we are, finally at the All-Star break (basically). The Dodgers are 50-39 with a 4 1/2-game lead on the Giants in the NL West heading into this game. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think this team was 10 games under .500 and looking to sell at the trade deadline.

Brewers
Dodgers
1:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
LF
Davis
SS
Rollins
C
Lucroy
2B
Kendrick
RF
Braun
1B
Gonzalez
CF
Gomez
3B
Turner
1B
Lind
CF
Pederson
3B
Ramirez
RF
Puig
SS
Segura
C
Ellis
2B
Perez
LF
Hernandez
P
Lohse (R)
P
Anderson (L)

Fact is, if they lose today, they’re still on a 90-win pace (92 if they win). Not bad considering the massive amount of injuries — especially to the starting rotation. While they haven’t been as good recently as they were to start the season, they’ll still a Top 5 team in baseball and Top 2-3 in the National League. That will surely change before July 31, as they’re expected to trade for a starting pitcher of some import before then. That’s at the minimum. I could see them adding a reliever (hi, Aroldis Chapman) and maybe a bench piece before then. If not a bench piece from outside the organization, Hector Olivera‘s arrival will suffice (and it’s coming sometime in the next month, I’d suspect).

And for us, your beloved writers of Dodgers Digest, we get a break. We appreciate all the clicks, comments and fun (but click MOAR ADS), but even we need a little break from time-to-time. Daniel is currently in China, Mike and his wife are a couple months from having little Yasiel Petriello, Chad is doing things on the weirdest schedule in existence in Hawaii and I’m just here in Stockton plugging away.

The first half has been up-and-down, and the second half should be fun. Baseball is dumb and awesome at the same time. Here’s to a great rest of the summer (and hopefully fall).

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Some things of note:

While the players and managers got it wrong initially, Clayton Kershaw was added to the NL All-Star team. He’s replacing Max Scherzer, who pitched on Sunday for the Nationals. Yeah, it would have been nice for Kershaw to get some extra rest over the break, but it’s his own damn fault for being so incredibly good at pitching baseballs.

Cryptic Donnie is cryptic.

With Scherzer starting today for Washington, I’d say it’s almost a lock. He could be the first Dodger to start an All-Star Game since Brad Penny (!) in 2006. That’s right, the best pitcher in the world has yet to start an All-Star Game in his career. Fun.

Also fun is this: Joc Pederson is hitting fifth today. It’s the six spot in the lineup in which he has started. The only three left are Nos. 3, 4 and 9. Jon Weisman predicted Pederson would hit in eight different spots in the lineup prior to the season. I could see it happening. I’d rather he just get hot and stay in the leadoff spot. ‘Tevs.

For you fans of prospects, the Futures Game starts at noon Pacific time. It’s a collection of the best minor-league talent (for the most part) in baseball. Unfortunately, the Dodgers are represented by a fringy prospect in Kyle Farmer and a non-prospect in Juan Gonzalez. With all the minor-league promotions this year, the talent pool isn’t as deep as in previous years.

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LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.