With the season just around the corner, and only a few weeks left in Spring Training, Jesse Spector of The Sporting News is doing an examination of each team’s outlook going into the new season. With that said, today was time for the Los Angeles Dodgers to be profiled, and profile them he did.
As far as his best case scenario goes, Spector goes on to note that the team wins it all if they get great performances out of Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir on the mound, as well as from Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, and Yasiel Puig in the lineup. The best case, as he says, is they go all the way.
But that doesn’t mean that’s his prediction. From Jesse Spector of The Sporting News:
Over-the-top proclamation to regret later: For the first time in their history, the Dodgers will make the playoffs for a fourth straight year, but having to pitch Kershaw in the wild-card game will undo them in the Division Series.
Essentially, Spector has the Dodgers making the playoffs as a Wild Card team before then making it into the Division Series where they ultimately do lose. That’d be a tough pill to swallow for fans, but it could also be exactly how it all unfolds this upcoming season. We’ll have to see.
Los Angeles does possess the talent to win the National League West yet again, but they’ll need to swat away the injury bug that’s currently plaguing them in order to do so. The injuries are slowly mounting up, and they need to find a way around all of them in order to compete.
The season kicks off in a few short weeks, and the Dodgers will be in the mix for another division crown. Spector could be right. The team might be a Wild Card team, but, as he says in his worst case scenario, they could also not make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.