2007 Los Angeles Dodgers
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2007 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page
Managed by Grady Little
History, Comments, Contributions
Although hopes were high for the 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2006 team had finished second in its division, they ended up barely over .500 in fourth place.
In April, the Dodgers had cast their lot with old players, sending youngsters James Loney and Matt Kemp to the minors. Eventually, both came back up and were the top hitters on the team, with Loney posting a .331/.381/.538 line in 96 games and Kemp going .342/.373/.521 in 98 games. Meanwhile, veteran Nomar Garciaparra had an Adjusted OPS+ that was well below average, and the Adjusted OPS+ of veteran Luis Gonzalez was barely above the league average. Another veteran, Jeff Kent, did quite well, though, slugging .500. The end of the year was marked by dissension, as veterans Kent, Gonzalez and pitcher Derek Lowe used the press to accuse unnamed youngsters of taking up too much space on the team, while Loney replied that Kent was only a team leader in his own eyes and that it was the youngsters who had been most productive down the stretch.
The 2007 Dodgers became the first Dodgers team in 41 years to suffer three shutouts in a row, doing so from August 5th through 8th (they did not play on the 6th). Brandon Webb, in the midst of the longest shutout streak in 19 years, tossed the first gem, followed by a combined effort by the Cincinnati Reds, with Bronson Arroyo working into the 7th and three relievers finishing up. Aaron Harang completed the series of goose eggs. The last time the men in Blue had been shut out three straight games was in the 1966 World Series.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Russell Martin, Brad Penny and Takashi Saito
- NL Gold Glove: Russell Martin (C)
- NL Silver Slugger Award: Russell Martin (C)
- 2007 Topps All-Star Rookie Team: James Loney (1B)
Opening Day lineup
|Catcher||First Baseman||Second Baseman||Shortstop||Third Baseman||Right fielder||Centerfielder||Left fielder||Starting pitcher|
|Russell Martin||Nomar Garciaparra||Jeff Kent||Ramon Martinez||Wilson Betemit||Andre Ethier||Juan Pierre||Luis Gonzalez||Derek Lowe|