Will the Dodgers’ Early Season Success Continue Until October?
Before the season started I noted the convergence of prophesies stating that the Dodgers were on their way to something less than the best record in baseball by Mid-May. A season is a marathon not a sprint, and there’s a long way to go until October. Even so, Dodger fans have got to be pretty thrilled with how things are unfolding. Here are 5 reasons to believe the Dodgers early season success will continue.
A.J. Ellis is having a breakout year. After spending the previous 4 seasons split between the Dodgers and AAA, no one could have expected A.J. to become this type of everyday regular. A.J. is delivering solid at the plate stats, strong defense, and exceptional handling of the Dodgers’ very successful early-season starting pitching performances. Rarely does a team win it all without the Catcher being the best at 1, but impacting all 3 areas where they are a key contributor.
The ownership group is not a distraction. The Dodgers played their first home game under Guggenheim Baseball Management on May 7th. That night the Dodgers beat arch rivals the Giants adding to the jubilation. The evening’s victorious starting pitcher Ted Lilly said, "You felt it. The energy was big, especially when you hear Magic Johnson's name announced. A lot of happy people in L.A. right now."
I’ll meet you back here at this precise discussion at the All Star break and we’ll re-evaluate how these 5 factors unfold after another month and a half into 2012.