Thursday, July 21, 2011

Buyers or Sellers? Clayton Kershaw Dominant

On Sunday July 10th, the Dodgers had just finished off a sweep of the San Diego Padres and were riding a four game winning streak into the All Star break.  Due to their four game winning streak, they sat 10.5 games out of first place.  While 10.5 games out isn't something to be happy about, the team seemed to have a glimmer of hope they could make up some ground.  The post All Star break schedule opened with a six game road trip, with three games against the second place Diamondbacks and three games against the first place Giants.

The Boys in Blue started off great beating the D-Backs 6-4 to extend their winning streak to a season high five games.  However, after that brief shining moment they lost the next two to the D-Backs and the offense completely disappeared in the first two games against the Giants.  The offense was still non-existent Wednesday however, on the bright side Clayton Kershaw ran his record to 11-4, lowered his ERA to 2.72 and had 12 strikeouts.  Kershaw leads the majors with 167 K's.  He was on his A-game and delivered 8 shutout innings and Javy Guerra closed out the 9th.  After finishing the six game road trip with a 2-4 record the Dodgers sit in last place, 13.5 games out.  It appears time to call this season a wrap. 

13.5 games out of first place with the trade deadline looming on July 31st, begs the question, should the Dodgers be buyers or sellers?  Teams have shown in an interest in Jamey Carroll and Hiroki Kuroda.  Rafael Furcal & Juan Uribe could possibly be moved as well.  Only time will tell what GM Ned Colletti will do.

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