Pitchers and catchers are reporting this week, and season predictions are on the way as well.
While no one is declaring his or her World Series pick just yet, media across the country is giving thoughts on who’s a contender or pretender.
Count Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports as “in” on the Dodgers.
JH: as of today…Cubs, Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Mets https://t.co/oXBBHq95P0
— FanRag Sports (@FanRagSports) February 14, 2017
That’s not a bold statement. The Dodgers were a final four team last season, overcoming a record-setting injury plagued year. L.A. retained Rich Hill, Chase Utley, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. The team also added Logan Forsythe as a starter at second base.
The Dodgers might be the deepest team in baseball. They took the Chicago Cubs to six games in the 2016 NLCS and could be on a collision course for a rematch. Chicago, as the Dodgers, made mild improvements but will bank on its core to get back to the fall classic.
Baseball Prospectus not only agrees with Heyman, but it anticipates the Dodgers winning a MLB-best 98 games.
Predictions should always be taken lightly, but there’s an early consensus forming: The Dodgers will be pretty good.