The Weekend Takeaway
There’s magic in the air at Dodger Stadium. No, not Magic Johnson—though his group’s purchase of the team was approved by a court on Friday. I mean the kind of magic that leads to a 9-1 start for a team that was expected to flirt with the .500 mark this season.
Matt Kemp, perhaps still smarting from Ryan Braun’s upset in the NL MVP race, has hit six homers in the first 10 games. Chad Billingsley, looking to bounce back from a rough 2011 campaign, has compiled a 15-to-1 K/BB over his first two starts, to go with a pair of victories and a 0.63 ERA. Dee Gordon is just 8-for-40 with 10 strikeouts, but he has nonetheless found a way to steal seven bases. And Aaron Harang, who struck out just 124 batters in 170 2/3 innings last season, somehow fanned nine consecutive Padres, en route to a career-high 13 punchouts, on Friday.
Thus, the Dodgers have reeled off a six-game winning streak to bring them to a league-best 9-1 on the year. Fans at Chavez Ravine had plen...