The LA Dodgers emerged out of a very sketchy financial situation in the past couple years, the storm appeared to be over when the old owners of the Dodgers, the McCourt Family owned the Dodgers but in 2011, the whole franchise unraveled and the MLB had to assume control of the club when Frank McCourt entered the club into bankruptcy as he and his wife, Jamie McCourt, were in divorce proceedings and could no longer manage the ballclub.
A group of investors swept in and in 2013 the Dodgers are a team that appear to be built to win, they’ve beefed up their payroll and added some big names to this ballclub that was expected to be near the top of the NL West.
The Dodgers are currently at the bottom of the NL West though, and are very much equal to the Phillies in that this team was built to be a winner but so far has disappointed.
One real bright spot of the Dodgers has been the play of Yasiel Puig, no that’s not the latest fancy European sportscar name, that’s the name of the latest Dodger rookie that appears to be next to make it big in the big leagues. He showed his clutch performance on Thursday night when he got the game winning hit over the Phillies.
Despite having Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers are missing a key component to winning baseball games. The component is producing runs, they are 26th in the MLB in the runs production category.
The Phillies are again about the same as the Dodgers in a lot of categories, The Phillies are 23rd in the league in runs production, and again that lack of production is evident in them being well under .500 and really not a good ballclub all things being equal.
Can either one of these clubs achieve better success in 2013?