Just a couple of months ago we were watching a baseball tragedy as the Dodgers franchise seemed to be crumbling. Former owner Frank McCourt financial struggles dominated headlines with bankruptcy talks and key player relationship issues, but things seem to be turning around for the historic baseball team.
Bankruptcy courts have approved the purchase of the Dodgers to a group headed by hall of fame Laker and business entrepreneur Magic Johnson. Johnson brings a positive outlook on the future of the Dodgers and has plans to restore them to their historic prestige.
However, the management team isn’t the only thing that has help turn the Dodger outlook around. Their impressive start has also helped. They have opened with a 9-1 record along with a 6-0 home stand for the first time since the ’81 season when they won the World Series.
Matt Kemp has emerged as a front-runner for the League’s MVP once again after falling just short last season to Ryan Braun. Kemp is batting .487 with 6 homeruns and 16 RBI’s. Either has also complimented Kemp very well making them the most dangerous duo in the middle of the lineup.
Chad Billingsley has also been impressive from the bullpen opening the season with a 2-0 start with a 0.63 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 1 walk. This is something that the Dodgers are going to need to maintain if they want to make it deep into the playoffs and quality pitching will be a factor.
The season is still young and there is a lot of baseball to be played. With all their success in the beginning season they still have a lot to strive for. No Dodger team has started the season 10-1 since the ’55 Brooklyn team started 11-1 on their way to the franchise’s first ever championship.
You can catch the revived Dodger team this Tuesday @ Milwaukee Brewers @ 5:10 pm local time on Fox NW. You have to be excited for these guys who are finally able to enjoy the game of baseball without all the negative media surrounding them. GO DODGERS!