December 21, 2014

Dodger Kids Come Through with Series Sweep Against the Cards

Despite an up and down pitching performance by Chad Billingsley (mostly down), the Dodgers managed to squeak by the Cardinals io6-5 in the Sunday evening nightcap on ESPN in thrilling fashion.

The big moment in the game came in the bottom of the seventh, when 25 year-old rookie outfielder Scott Van Slyke powered a three run home run to left field to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead. The bullpen then came through in exemplary fashion, with Javy Guerra, Josh Lindbloom and Kenley Jansen combining for a perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

But what’s really remarkable is the performance of the young Dodgers that are stepping up for the injured Matt Kemp, Juan Rivera, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe. Take a look at the following stats for the time they’ve been in LA this year:

Elian Herrera: Batting .385 with a .429 OBP (he also went three for four today)

Jerry Sands: Batting .250

Justin Sellers: Batting .171 with one HR and one RBI

Scott Van Slyke: Hitting .333 with one HR and six RBI

It’s one thing for the Dodgers to continue to win an MLB-best 28 games, but it’s quite another to do it with so many starters out for an extended period of time.  Herrera has probably been the most surprising so far, but as long as he continues to get on base ahead of NL RBI leader Andre Ethier, the Dodgers will be in good shape.


  1. To all the people out their thinking the Dodgers are just getting lucky,I think its about tome they get off
    that band wagon.I have been waiting alon time for this team to get it together ,and let me tell I think hte Dodgers got it going on nad will for for some time to come.From our veterens to our young guys we have talent all around and the desire to win is their as well.I am very proud to bleed blue ,and always will be!!!!!!

  2. I remember the first of Sept.1965,the” Dodger Team” was 13 games out of first place ! Then 30 days

    later they were in 1st place,won the West,and went into Minn. to win 4 of the six games and won

    the 1965 World Series!

    What they have accomplished so far is “Magic ” working for them,to say the least,earned however !!