Dodgers’ Midseason Report Card
STARTING PITCHING: A
Sixty percent of the Dodgers starting rotation was in the All-Star Game. Enough said.
This is the Achilles Heel that could bring down the whole temple, Look for a deal for another reliever, most likely a closer, by the deadline.
The Dodgers have depth, versatility and power from both sides of the plate. Cody Bellinger will challenge Shawn Green’s single-season club record of 49 home runs. Max Muncy and Joc Pederson could join him in the 40-homer club.
The Dodgers keep bringing players up from the minor leagues who make instant impacts. It speaks volumes about their player development system.
The returns of Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock will tighten an already sold defense.
Dave Roberts is off to the greatest start of any manager in Dodgers history.
How does Roberts keep the Dodgers motivated with a 13½ game lead in the NL West? A World Series rematch with the Boston Red Sox is a good start.
Angels’ Midseason Report Card
STARTING PITCHING: D-
Orange County native Griffin Canning has been the one bright spot of hope here. After Tyler Skaggs’ death, it is time to end the Jaime Barria commuter flights from Salt Lake City and put him in the rotation in Anaheim.
This has been a festering sore for a decade since Francisco Rodriguez left. Do we need a court order to keep Cam Bedrosian off the mound?
All-Stars Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella are enjoying career years, as is Kole Calhoun. Brian Goodwin has been a pleasant surprise in the outfield.
A little spark here could have made the difference in several one-run losses.
Andrelton Simmons’ return has dramatically tightened up the left side of the infield.
Brad Ausmus’ slavish devotion to analytics cost Skaggs at least two more wins this season. Is he merely keeping the seat warm until Joe Maddon’s 2020 homecoming from the Chicago Cubs?
Will the Skaggs tragedy inspire the Angels to unexpected heights, or will it drown them in inescapable sorrow? Everything hinges on that.