Second Half Thoughts
1. The season is already more than half over, as the Dodgers have already played 90 games (51-39! woo hoo!), not just 81 games.
2. The Pederson family. Joc’s dad, Stu Pederson, got a cup of coffee (maybe two cups) with the Dodgers in 1985. He got into eight games, played eight innings in the outfield, and never got a hit in five plate appearances. He did register an RBI, however, with a sacrifice fly. Joc’s brother, Champ, is actually Joc’s oldest brother. Joc has another older brother, Tyger, who was drafted by the Dodgers in 2013. Tyger played in the Arizona League in 2013, then for an independent team in 2014.
3. Trade Potentials? The Dodgers need at least one more good starting pitcher that will ensure their entry into the playoffs, as well as their successful movement through the playoffs and into the World Series. Keep in mind that Brett Anderson last pitched 175 innings in his first season (2009) at age 21. In all of his career since then, he has not broken 113 innings. He’s got 108 innings so far in 2015. Starting pitchers that may be available at or near the July 31 trade deadline include Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto, among others.
4. The good: Greinke has been great. Justin Turner is hitting well. Andre Ethier is arguably the Comeback Player of the Year. Joc Pederson has proven how important it is to have a real center fielder on defense. Plus, those dingers. Adrian Gonzalez has shown why the Dodgers made a big trade with the Red Sox. Remember James Loney and his .764 OPS? Yeah.
5. The bad: Jimmy Rollins is still barely above the Mendoza Line.
6. The sad: Yasiel Puig misses his buddies, Juan Uribe and Hyun Jin Ryu. Does that affect his play? Who knows?