The Los Angeles Dodgers Report
By Gary George
IVN Staff Writer
On Monday night at Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers (59-50) played the first game of the series against the Colorado Rockies (39-68). It appears to be advantageous opportunity for the Dodgers, because the Rockies are in last-place in the National League West. Hopefully the Dodgers can catch the San Francisco Giants which lead the National League West by a half-game. The Dodgers did a fantastic job against the Giant by sweeping them on the road. But at home last week, they were swept by the third-place Arizona Razorbacks. In the last series they proceeded to regain their groove by sweeping the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Dodgers recently acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins; he had the winning hit that gave the Dodgers a 7-6 victory over the Cubs. Therefore, they were riding the winning stretch entering Monday’s contest. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Rockies didn’t let their losing record stop them from defeating the Dodgers 2-0. It was Eric Young that led the Rockies with three hits and scored both runs on RBI’s by teammates Carlos Gonzales and Jordan Pacheco. The pitching performance by Adam Ottavino blanked the Dodgers on only had five hits for the game. For the Dodgers, Chris Capuano gave up two runs in the losing effort and is now 10-8 for the season. With a loss by the Giants to the Cardinals, the Dodgers maintain their second-place standing.
On Tuesday, the pitching matchup will be Aaron Harang for the Dodgers versus Alex White for the Rockies. On Wednesday, the series will conclude and the Dodgers will be on the road for ten days.
With 52-games remaining for the regular season, the Dodgers have made some strategic trade moves that will help them to strengthen their team performance going forward. They have added five players which include: Shane Victorino (CF), Joe Blanton (RHP), Brandon League (RHP), Hanley Ramirez (3B) and Randy Choate (LHP). The Dodgers have spent nearly 14 million dollars in acquiring these players. On the other hand, they released Bobby Abreu and Tony Gwynn Jr. With the release of Gwynn, the Dodgers have recalled Jerry Sands from Triple – A team in Albuquerque.
The Magic Johnson/Guggenheim owned Dodgers are doing their best trying to rule the West, as manager Don Mattingly will have to bring out the best with the newly modified rooster. The offense and defense will have to synchronize consistently in order to overtake the Giants down the stretch. Fortunately for the Dodgers, the Giants haven’t taken off either.