The Los Angeles Dodgers have the second best record in baseball, but you rarely hear them discussed when people are mentioning the World Series contenders for 2009. You hear about the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels in the American League, and in the National League, it’s all about the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were people who thought that the Rockies had a better shot at the world series than the LA Dodgers do.
Despite this, this is a team that has won 90 games and should finish the 2009 regular season with somewhere between 95 and 100 wins. This is very impressive, and all the more impressive when you consider the fact that the team has remained at the top of its division for basically the entire season.
The Dodgers are one of those teams that are simply overlooked when it comes to this year’s playoff picture. Maybe it has to do with the fact that they exited quickly in last year’s playoffs. Maybe it has to do with the fact that there are no major power hitters on the team, save for Manny Ramirez (whose power has dropped off, as he only has 19 long balls this season).
Anyone know who Andre Ethier is? If you’re not an avid baseball fan, you probably don’t recognize the name. How about Matt Kemp? James Loney by any chance? And such is the story of the 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers. No huge names, but efficient baseball through and through.
Don’t discount the Dodgers come playoff time. This team is for real.