The best team money can buy ended May floundering in second place in the National League’s West Division, three games over .500 and six and one-half games behind the Giants. But their expensive pitching staff comprised of a starting staff of two home-grown stars and three former high priced free agents each with a history of being the ace somewhere else, along with a disappointing bullpen, suddenly as the calendar turned to June, became almost totally unhittable.
In June, the Dodgers turned in an 18-10 record, while the Giants were going 10-16, and now as July has begun, the Dodgers are in first place, holding a one-half game lead. For the month, the Dodgers’ pitching staff compiled a 2.53 ERA, tying Seattle for the best
|in baseball, and also was a tick behind with the second-best WHIP at 1.05. Holding opposing batters to a .223 average, the staff walked the fewest batters of any team for the month, and had the third best strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio.|
Leading the way for LA was Clayton Kershaw, who put up mind-boggling numbers for the month, erasing all doubts about his health and whether or not his 2013 playoff
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The pitching was not the only story, with the resurgence of Matt Kemp, the return of A.J. Ellis, and many other strong contributions at the plate, and much improved defense. But, the key to the team’s resurgence has been first and foremost, the best pitching money can buy.