I have lived in LA for seven years, and I have never seen so many Dodger’s hats and shirts. LA isn’t known as the best sports city. Often ripped for being front runners and leaving games early, but you can tell with the Dodger’s dominance the passion is real. This is the best Dodger team in the Clayton Kershaw era, and now things are being set up that anything less then a World Series appearance would be a huge disappointment.
Once again, the emergence of Cody Bellinger can not be under stated. His almost historical numbers has brought the same amount of buzz as Fernando Mania in ’81. The Dodgers still might be a middle reliever, and a solid starter away from being a complete team, but their offense is pretty much set. Their weekend sweep of the Colorado Rockies, including a 5-0 comeback on Sunday sent a clear message that they are the best team in the NL West.
As of now, it is hard to be critical of Dodger Blue. And things are getting fun when lights out closer Kenley jansen is stroking doubles in the gap. But come playoff team, there will be plenty of pressure to get over the hump and get to the World Series.
Now onto the JV team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There is always this debate whether the Angels should trade Mike Trout, and get a shit ton of prospects to start over. I’m certainly not a fan of this idea. With a very talent thin roster the Angels have been sneaky good. With Trout injured they have played over .500 and just took two outta three from both the Yankees and Red Sox.
The Angels are fun to watch because they do the little things to win. They are also a game and a half away from the second wild card spot, so why be sellers? Especially a once in a lifetime player. When Trout comes back, the Angels will keep getting better as their identity is a scrappy team that finds ways to win. I believe they play meaningful baseball deep into September.
Unfortunately, they have to play their powerful neighbors, the Dodgers for the next four days. They will be outclassed and I’m predicting the the Angels will lose three out of four. I don’t see this Dodger Juggernaut slowing down anytime soon.