The Los Angeles Dodgers took the baseball world by storm early this season, rattling off 12 wins in their first 15 games. They continued to play well through mid-June and spent 11 consecutive weeks in the top five of the ESPN Power Rankings. But the past month-plus has not been as kind, and the Dodgers have spent the past two weeks in 11th place.
On Wednesday, the team got a boost by trading for Hanley Ramirez. Although he will be an upgrade for the Dodgers, Ramirez is unlikely to single-handedly put Los Angeles over the hump in the National League West.