In a Year Where the Dodgers arrive at the trade deadline date in first place with a 3.5 game lead they need to make a loud noise and let the baseball world know that they are a force BY STANDING PAT. That's right, don't make any moves at all. Ned Colletti can speak volumes by holding firm with the roster he has in place. Though it would be foolish to expect the winning ways to continue at an .825 clip, this Dodger team is strong enough to win the whole enchilada.
With a foursome of Crawford, Kemp, Puig and Ethier, the Dodgers probably have the best outfield foursome in baseball. Three of the four are seriously lacking in their normal production, but look where they are. On top of that, things are looking up. It wouldn't be surprising for Crawford, Kemp and Ethier to improve their production in the final stretch.
Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers most consistent hitter on the club. A quiet leader. He has power, he drives in runs and he is skilled in situational hitting. With the exception of Hanley Ramirez, there is no other hitter in the Dodger lineup that you’d want at the plate than Gonzalez when runners are in scoring position.
Summary, no moves needed in the infield Ned. Move on.
AJ Ellis is consistent and steady. Offensively he isn’t spectacular, but you know he’ll make a pitcher work to get him out. He isn’t cheated out there and he’s not afraid to hit with two strikes. Then he'll bang out that common clutch hit. On top of that bat he’s throwing out would be base stealers at an astonimical rate. Back up catcher Tim Federowicz is more than adequate as a second stringer.
Without going into details it is fairly easy to say that Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu and Nolasco are a solid 1 through 4. Capuano or Fife are respectable as a number 5 starter. Waiting in the wings at Albuquerque is a Jonathan Sanchez who has pitched well of late. (Though he may walk away from the organization if not moved to the Major League roster). It is unbelievable how much injury the staff has endured this season and yet they still are formidable. There is enough starting pitching to win the whole thing.
This is a group that is pitching well with defined roles. With the addition of Brian Wilson, I see no room for a trade addition. Jansen, Belisario, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, J.P. Howell and even Brandon League lately. They’re all pitching lights out baseball. Then there’s Tolleson due back before the end of the year and Mr. 102 MPH Jose Dominguez on the D.L. There's not much room for anyone else. Which leaves pitchers like Guerra and Moylan at Albuquerque.
Utility guys Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr. aren't world beaters, but they are certainly serviceable. All are capable of making spot starts and as of late, Schumaker has been hitting over .400 the last month. Scott Van Slyke provides some power and a mighty throwing arm off the bench too, (when he'w with the big club). In September Dee Gordon will be available to help as a Herb Washington type designated runner.