The Los Angeles Dodgers spent most of the time before the All-Star break second place in the NL West. The team boasted injury problems and a very glaring bullpen weakness, most notably, with some offensive hiccups and starting rotation woes along the way.
As All-Star Weekend approached, things started to sort themselves out. Now that we're a month after the break, it seems it's all closer to normalization. Teams like the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks, who had gone on great runs, have came back down to earth. The Dodgers have become the team that LA fans had hoped for and are surging.
Their 71-46 record is good for an 8.5-game lead over the second-place Giants. The D-backs are .500. A lot has changed. But let’s look at the players who have performed the best since the All-Star break and caused this resurgence for the Dodgers.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as Freddie Freeman has been incredible all year. Up until the All-Star break, Freeman led the Dodgers with a .320 batting average, and since then he has been batting .400 with a 1.176 OPS. It’s worth noting Freeman has also played in every single game this season. That's 117 games of going out there and being one of the best players in all of baseball. Freeman is truly an irreplaceable talent and has been a key factor in the Dodgers' success, but especially their recent rise.