The Dodgers had a historic run from last to first place, but they couldn’t capture home field advantage due to numerous injuries late in the season. Since manager Don Mattingly wanted to make sure his players were completely healthy before the start of the playoffs, the Dodgers went 12-12 and lost four of their last five, which enabled the Braves and Cardinals to secure home field in the playoffs.
Looking back on the season, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wants to be in the same position next year, but have home field advantage. While the Dodgers had the best road record in the regular season, they were 1-4 on the road in the playoffs. If Los Angeles wants to contend every season, having home field advantage should be a priority.
For the Dodgers to build on this season, important decisions will have to be made. While re-signing Clayton Kershaw is the team’s biggest priority, Magic Johnson also squashed rumors about the Dodgers being interested in signing Yankees free agent, Robinson Cano. With 12 free agents, the Dodgers will be in the market for a new second baseman, third baseman, bench and several bullpen pieces as they look to reach the World Series next season.
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In case you missed it, here’s the “Mickey Mouse” antics from Adrian Gonzalez in the NLCS!