The Los Angeles Dodgers are fighting their way across the finish line in the contentious NL West. Up just a game-and-a-half over the Colorado Rockies, with a magic number still at six, the Dodgers are going to be playing meaningful baseball for the duration of the regular season.
They are going to need Manny Machado to step up. Since the start of September, Machado has slashed .259/.307/.481 with 4 home runs and 14 RBIs in 88 plate appearances, good for a 110 wRC+.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Dodgers’ prized trade deadline acquisition hasn’t quite been as good as they would have hoped since he joined the team. The 26-year-old was in the midst of a career year with the Baltimore Orioles before the blockbuster trade. He slashed .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBIs and a 154 wRC+ in 413 plate appearances before the deal. His 3.8 fWAR through 96 games put him on pace to be worth about 6 wins total.
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