|Juan Uribe's bat and glove have been missed due to hamstring issues all season. (Photo by USA Today/SI)|
There's no relief in sight from Triple A, though Tim Federowicz should be called up in September to provide some assistance.
|AJ Ellis is still able to draw the walk, as his OBP is .311 despite a .180 batting average. (photo by Kirby Lee?US Presswire-2011)|
Greinke has had some elbow issues, Ryu a strained buttocks muscle that landed him on the D.L., Beckett out for the year with a myriad of ailments, and that leaves you with newcomers Hernandez and Correia, the latter really failing to impress. Add to that Dan Haren, who has had his share of struggles and then starting ace Kershaw. The starting staff has question marks all over the place and the Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Beckett foursome that was such a strong quartet a few months ago is now down to one sure thing (Kershaw) and four concerns.
They aren't terrible, but they can't be counted on consistently. Hopefully Paco Rodriguez is able to return before season's end to provide an additional left handed arm. The loss of Chris Withrow to TJ surgery was quite a blow. Jansen and JP have been awesome.
This is one of the strangest seasons on record. For that reason, I really don't see the importance of the Dodgers achieving home field advantage in the post season, but a good run in these final 30 might clinch home field advantage throughout it. They're actually a better team on the road.