Dodgers: The Three Biggest Surprises of the First Half

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated for his 3 run home run by Logan Forsythe #11 and Max Muncy #13 as Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on at the plate in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated for his 3 run home run by Logan Forsythe #11 and Max Muncy #13 as Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on at the plate in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated for his 3 run home run by Logan Forsythe #11 and Max Muncy #13 as Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on at the plate in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 2, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

The Dodgers’ regular season is a bit more than halfway done, but the All-Star game seems to be the artificial divider of the first and second half.  There were some big surprises for the Dodgers in the first half of the season.

The Dodgers finish the first half of the season in the place they expected to be, first place.  Although they were able to finish the first half in first place, it took a lot of hard work to get to this point.  It wasn’t too long ago that the Dodgers were sitting in last place in the NL West with a 16-26 record.  Since then, the Dodgers have been one of the best teams in baseball, despite having to go through stretches without key players.

With key players such as Corey Seager and Justin Turner out for significant parts of the first half, the Dodgers had to stay afloat by surprise contributions from all across their depth chart.  Whether it was Caleb Ferguson, Max Muncy, or the rejuvenated Matt Kemp, the Dodgers first half was filled with plenty of surprises that not even the front office could have imagined.  Here are the three biggest surprises of the first half of the 2018 season.

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