Dodgers: The Dodgers Award Winners at the Halfway Mark
By Hector Ponce
The Dodgers didn’t start off the season the way they hoped, but after the first half, they are exactly where they want to be: the top of the NL West. They did so with some phenomenal first half performances, let’s take a look at the Dodgers mid-season award winners.
2018 has been a roller coaster. With a Dodger team seemingly hungover early on in the season after a gut-wrenching Word Series loss to end 2017, since falling to 10 games under .500 in Miami (16-26), business has picked up for the boys in blue. Since that 16-26 record, the Dodgers ended the first half with a 37-17 run and placed themselves atop of the NL West.
Dodger fans were spoiled last season with the division never really being close last season. In 2017 the Dodgers went into the break with a 7.5 game lead in the West and by the end of July, they were up 14 games. This season is going to be very different. The Dodgers do lead the division, but only by a half game. Add to that arguably the toughest second-half schedule in baseball and you have yourselves a dogfight to win the tightly contested division.
However, if the players who showed up in the first half continue to play well the Dodgers should be up to the task. Also, some reinforcements might be on the way with reports indicating all-star shortstop Manny Machado is all but a Dodger. Even with Machado, the Dodgers would like to see the same production from the other guys.