The LA Dodgers are like a rags to riches team compared to a couple of years ago when Frank McCourt owned this franchise and everything seemed like it was going downhill. Of course their was the divorce with the McCourts and at the same time, the zaniness of Manny Ramirez and the PED suspension that surrounded "Manny being Manny" and it was just a bad time for the Dodgers.
Fast forward to 2014, and the Dodgers now are benefiting from a huge TV contract that seems like it's filled the coffers of the team for many years and this year, the team went on a spending spree.
The Dodgers acquired some highly touted free agents. The Dodgers investment in Adrian Gonzalez is paying off hugely for them. Gonzalez has 5 HR and 17 RBI in the first 19 games that he's been in, he leads the Dodgers in just about every offensive category. Adrian also has a .301 BA on the season so far.
Yasiel Puig has also paid off for the Dodgers, he's one of the most exciting young players in baseball today. He's got a bad-boy image with some run-ins with manager, Don "Donnie Baseball" Mattingly, so it makes it a sideline type of attraction. Puig is writing his own ticket though, he almost looks like a football player and he plays his heart out on the field.
Add these couple of pieces to an awesome lineup of starting pitchers, and you have a team that's built to compete with the best teams in the league. Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, and Paul Maholm round out a very solid rotation for the men in blue.
It's the Phillies only trip to LA to play the Dodgers this year, and hopefully some of the stars and sites out there will motivate the team's offense a little bit more. It's been a very tough road trip so far, and the Phils are now the sole owners of the NL East basement.
The Phils will make a trip out to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim later in August, but they have to deal with this Dodgers team for 4 straight games starting tonight. I am thinking the way this series goes, will be the way the Phillies season goes, as the Dodgers seem like the team to beat in the National League.