Not too long ago, the Dodgers were sitting low in the division and they just received news that their all star shortstop would miss the remainder of the season with Tommy John surgery. The National League Pennant winners from the year prior were at a low point in their season and it would take a lot to try and win their division for a sixth year running.
Now at the All Star break, the Dodgers stand alone in first in the National League West. They sent four players to D.C. to participate in All Star festivities. Max Muncy partook in the Home Run Derby while Kemp, Stripling and Jansen all repped Dodger blue in the Midsummer Classic. Oh yeah, they also acquired all star shortstop Manny Machado.
Machado was highly sought out for many teams but the Dodgers ultimately wound up obtaining him. Andrew Friedman and company sent five prospects to Baltimore for the two time Gold Glover, but none of their truly prized players. The Dodger’s farm system is so remarkable that they can afford to trade away some talented youngsters while keeping the ones they really like.
Machado’s bat will bring more fire power to an already talented offense. The four time all star will slip into shortstop where Taylor was playing for the injured Seager, and Taylor himself will move back to center. That will move Bellinger back to first base and probably Muncy to second.
Although the Dodgers still need to add pitching, Los Angeles can hit their way through the National League and possibly to the World Series. If Kershaw, Wood and Hill can regain their brilliant form from last year and Stripling keeps pitching like an all star, the Dodgers will truly be the team to beat.
Machado is definitely a boost and not a necessity for LA. The Dodger’s bats could easily hit a few homers a night but now Machado will make sure that they will do so. The all star shortstop is hitting .315 on the year with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs. He shouldn’t have a problem keeping up his production in Hollywood.
The Dodgers shook the whole MLB after their most recent acquisition, the coveted Manny Machado. His big bat and craftsmanship with the glove have people now calling the Dodgers the team to beat. After all, the last time a guy named Manny came to Los Angeles, big- things- happened.