Wednesday marked the first day of Spring Training games and ESPN’s Buster Olney provided his rankings of regular season schedules for National League teams. According to Olney, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the No. 13 toughest schedule in the NL, ahead of only the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves. A large portion of the Dodgers’ games through April are against NL West opponents.
Although the Dodgers schedule appears to set up favorably, it remains to be seen how the team will respond to their two-game series in Australia. The Dodgers won’t play another regular season game until March 30 in San Diego, but they’ll have a three-game exhibition series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to shake off any potential jet lag. Assuming the Dodgers are able to remain healthy in the weeks leading up the start of the 2014 season, they should jump out to a markedly better record than they did in 2013, when they quickly fell below .500.
Dodgers Nation News
Dodgers Open Spring Season With 4-1 Loss To Diamondbacks — LA Times
As TV Battle Looms, Many Dodgers Fans Left In Dark — USA Today
The Puig Question: Can The Wild Horse Be Tamed? — Dodgers.com
Dodgers Might Be Shaky On Defense — ESPN LA
Dodger Bats Quiet In Cactus League Opener — Lasorda’s Lair
Mike Trout’s One-Year Deal Sets Up Long-Term Extension — USA Today
Booms And Busts: Second Base — SI
Calf Strain Puts Hamilton On Shelf At Least Two Weeks — MLB.com
Brian Cashman Essentially Calls 2012 Orioles An ‘Anomaly’ — CBS Sports
Sam Fuld’s Job Pursuit With A’s Off To Sparkling Start — Sporting News
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