So the cavalry is coming. Can you hear the bugler trumpet the charge?
Matt Kemp is coming! Andre Ethier is coming! And soon, some new stud before the trading deadline!
Isn’t that swell? All is going to be magically well. Except, of course, it’s not. Not that easily, not if most of the team is waiting for someone else to be the answer.
The Dodgers have lost 15 of their last 20 games. They are hanging onto first in the National League West by a half-game with the worst record (47-40) of any division leader. After having the major’s best record for almost the entire first half, at the All-Star break they own only its ninth-best record.
The return of Kemp and Ethier sounds less like valued additions than a rescue mission.
But if the rest of the team is expecting Kemp to starting hitting like he was in April and Ethier to jump back out into the runs batted in lead and carry them all to the promised land, it’s a team in real trouble.