Dodgers first half grades: Get out your red pens.

The Dodgers have the third-best record in the National League and a 4 ½-game lead in the West division. Two players on the disabled list (Carl Crawford and Carlos Frias) are close to joining the 25-man roster. So is Hector Olivera. The farm system is stronger than it’s been in years, and will soon yield some young major leaguers — if not an impact player at the trade deadline.

So, straight A’s here, right?

Well, before I type up my midseason report for Wednesday’s editions, I thought I would ask my readers here to grade what they’ve seen so far. Six categories, A through F, nice and simple. Go.
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Poll: Who should start for the Dodgers on Thursday?


Brett Anderson will start for the Dodgers today in the first game of a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants (7 p.m., SportsNet LA). Clayton Kershaw starts Wednesday.

Thursday’s starter remains TBA as of this writing.

It might be Zack Greinke, but Don Mattingly was weighing his options from the minor-league ranks over the weekend. The last time the Dodgers needed a fifth starter was last Tuesday. David Huff got the call at the last minute. Huff gave up four runs in four innings against what was supposed to be a matchup-friendly Seattle Mariners lineup, then was designated for assignment after the game.

So the decision on Thursday is far from straightforward, particularly if Mattingly is intent on giving Greinke an extra day of rest. The poll question is up. read on for a bit more on each candidate:

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