A Glance at NL West Division Race for Second Half of 2021

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We are currently at the 2021 All-Star break, a time when fans get to enjoy all the festivities and a select few players are recognized for their efforts over the first half of the season.

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Dodgers Announce Selections from Day 2 of 2021 MLB Draft

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The Los Angeles Dodgers early Monday evening officially announced their eight selections from the second day of the 2021 MLB Draft, all of whom are pitchers.

Chosen were Gilman School right-hander Peter Heubeck (3rd round, 101st pick), UCLA right-handed pitcher Nick Nastrini (4th round, 131st pick), University of Connecticut righty Ben Casparius (5th round, 162nd pick), Boston College right-hander Emmet Sheehan (6th round, 192nd pick), Texas Tech righty reliever Ryan Sublette (7th round, 222nd pick), University of Georgia southpaw Ben Harris (8th round, 252nd pick), University of Arkansas lefty Lael Lockhart (9th round, 282nd pick), and St. Mary’s College right-handed pitcher Michael Hobbs (10th round, 312th pick).

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A Look at the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘Adequate’ First Half

Before the 2021 MLB trade deadline is upon us, before the issues with the starting rotation sort themselves out, let’s take a look back at what was the first half of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season.

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Dodgers Select Lefty Pitcher Maddux Bruns in First Round of 2021 MLB Draft

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With the 29th pick of the first round, the Los Angeles Dodgers chose lefty pitcher Maddux Bruns as their first selection in the 2021 MLB draft on Sunday night in Denver.

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Dodgers Starting Rotation: 4 Possible Solutions for Second Half of 2021 Season

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On Saturday night, fans, coaches, managers, and players of the Los Angeles Dodgers reveled in a 22-run outburst against the lowly Diamondbacks, once again showing how schizophrenic the offense can be from one night to the next. On the pitching front, not only was Walker Buehler effective, but he also gave his bullpen somewhat of a rest by going six full innings. However, despite productive games like these, it still doesn’t solve the club’s current starting pitching dilemma.

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Dodgers Reportedly Among Several Teams Scouting Cole Hamels

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The misfortunes of the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be worsening as the 2021 All-Star break draws near. Despite remaining in divisional contention with one of the best records in the National League, the Dodgers fell to the Diamondbacks at home on Friday night, as Arizona collected just its second win over its last 30 contests on the road.

One of the secondary storylines of the evening revolved around former World Series MVP Cole Hamels and the Dodgers’ need for pitching. According to reports, the 37-year-old lefty will be holding a showcase for teams in Texas next week.

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Dodgers Face Diamondbacks in Final Series Before All-Star Break

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are finally back home after a rollercoaster 5-3 road trip. The Blue Crew swept a four-game series against the Nationals, then lost the first three games of a four-game series against the Marlins before salving Thursday’s game.

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How Will Dodgers Handle Their Starting Rotation Issues?

Things are looking dire in the city of Los Angeles at the moment, at least if you’re a fan of the Dodgers.

It may seem silly to say things are dire when the team is in possession of the second most wins in the MLB, just a game and a half out of first. They still have many of their 2020 World Series championship team on the squad. But things are not looking good at all for the Boys in Blue, especially in the starting pitching department.

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3 Pitchers Dodgers Could Target Before 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

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As far as major storylines go this season, it’s been one significant development after another for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

No question, a plethora of injuries dominated the first half of the year. Consequently, over the last full week, the circumstances surrounding the future of starting pitcher Trevor Bauer were the primary topics of most baseball outlets. Now, as we move through July, all the attention seems to be pointing to the days and weeks leading up to the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline.

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Who Were Biggest 2021 All-Star Snubs for Dodgers?

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As all good things must come to an end sometime. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ nine-game winning streak was broken Monday night with a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, but the team now looks to begin a new streak as the All-Star Game break approaches. Speaking of which, the complete rosters for the 2021 Mid-Summer Classic were unveiled this Sunday.

No Dodger players were among the starters, but three players made the reserves — first baseman Max Muncy and outfielders Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts. After Muncy was named, NL skipper Dave Roberts told reporters on Sunday that Muncy will start at DH and bat second.

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