The Dodgers' new ownership group has made it clear that they are committed to winning once again in Los Angeles and they spared no expense prior to the trade deadline to try and make that happen. Inside of a week, General Manager Ned Colletti was given the greenlight to acquire shortstop Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Shane Victorino, and right-hander Brandon League. The Dodgers' deadline potentially could have been even more wallet-busting had the Phillies agreed to part with Cliff Lee and the roughly $95MM owed to him through the rest of his contract.
Since acquiring Ramirez in late July and putting him into action on the 25th, the Dodgers are 7-7 in 14 games. The enigmatic star is now making his homecoming tonight in Miami as the Dodgers sport a 60-52 record. Los Angeles sits just one game behind the Giants for first place in the NL West and 3.5 games back of the Pirates for the second wild card slot.
Will their recent offensive infusion help them get over the hump and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009? For the Dodgers to wind up below the .500 mark, they'd have to finish 20-30 or worse. To win 90 games, they'd have to go 30-20. There are 50 games remaining, how do you see it playing out?