No Kershaw? No problem.
Clayton Kershaw was on pace for having one of the best seasons that we may have ever witnessed before being placed on the DL right before the All-Star break. At the break, the Dodgers were 6.5 games behind the Giants, who have fallen off since then. When the news was given that Kershaw would be placed on an extended DL, many people counted the Dodgers out, ignoring the fact that were ranked 12 of 15 in batting average for the National League.
With no dominance of Kershaw on the mound, how would this Dodgers team put up a fight for the playoffs? Well the bats woke up and now the Dodgers have the highest team average amongst National League teams after the break, and they hold a 1.0 game lead over the Giants in the NL West. Justin Turner has stepped up – he’s batting a respectable .320 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs; but my true standout for this team is my leading NL rookie-of-the-year candidate — Corey Seager.
At 22 years old, Seager’s numbers after the break are insane. He is batting .385 with 5 home runs, 19 RBIs and 12 doubles. Seager is an absolute stud and if he keeps up his offensive dominance, the Dodgers will be even scarier whenever Kershaw returns.
Written by: Zach Miller