The final series of the first half is here, and wow, did it fly by quickly. The Dodgers and Angels will play a two-game Freeway series before the All-Star break, with a rare off-day on Sunday.
The Dodgers lead the season series two games to none, with Tyler Anderson pitching a no-hitter into the ninth in one of those games. If the Dodgers can sweep these next two games, they’ll finish with 60 wins in the first half, which is quite remarkable due to the team’s injuries.
In the NL West, the Dodgers have now built up a 9 ½ game lead on the second-place Padres and a 13-game lead on the Giants. With a current record of 58-30, the Dodgers have the best record in the National League and are tied for the second best record in the MLB. The Blue Crew is 9-1 in their last ten games and 13-2 in their 15 games.
The team also may make a move at the trade deadline for the postseason stretch. Andrew Freidman and company are always busy, which was the case today. The Dodgers signed right-handed reliever Hansel Robles to a minor league deal; he was recently with the Red Sox and was DFA’d.
Kershaw, who made the All-Star team for the ninth time in his career this season, is 6-2 with a 2.40 ERA. Urias, who was roughed up a bit in his last start against the Cubs, has posted a 3.01 ERA and a 7-6 record.
Sandoval is 3-4 with a 2.95 ERA, while Suarez is 1-3 with a 4.79 ERA. After the All-Star break, the Dodgers will play the Giants in a four-game series.
Reflecting on the first half of the season, a lot occurred that many Dodger fans may not have expected, especially Anderson and Tony Gonsolin pitching exceptionally well and being the best pitchers for the Dodgers rotation amid all the injuries.
Gavin Lux has emerged for the Dodgers quite nicely, with a .299 batting average and an OPS of .798. Then there’s Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner, who have been the most consistent hitters all year. The top three of the batting order, Mookie Betts, Freeman, and Turner, account for much of the Dodger offense.
Freeman can’t miss right now as he’s 14 for his last 16 but was snubbed from the All-Star game, and you could make a case for a lot of guys on the team.
The Dodgers are finishing the first half on their best stretch this season and hope they can win another series against their crosstown rivals.
Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:38 p.m. Pacific.