This weekend series with the Giants could be a turning point for the season. After getting their butts kicked by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dodgers fell to 1.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants. After the game on Sunday, the Dodgers will be anywhere from 4.5 games behind, to 1.5 games ahead of the current divisional leader.
From Chris Haft’s article in mlb.com:
“The Dodgers aligned their post-All-Star-break rotation so their top three starters — Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu — would face San Francisco in this weekend’s series at AT&T Park. By contrast, Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s top priority was the first series after the break, which happened to be at Miami. He arranged the starters by pecking order, with All-Stars Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson receiving the first two starts, reflecting Bochy’s belief that, with some exceptions, no single game is bigger than another.”
Several articles indicate that the Dodgers would like to trade Matt Kemp, including one from Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal that includes this excerpt: Manager Don Mattingly and Kemp are at odds, sources say, in part because of Kemp’s publicly stated desire to return to center field. Informed recently by reporters that Kemp views himself as a center fielder, Mattingly said, “That’s fine. He can view himself however he wants. I’m playing him in left.”