The regular season begins tomorrow for a few of the teams around the league, but the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers doesn’t begin until Monday. In the meantime, ESPN insider Keith Law has released his predictions for the season, and it’s very favorable for the Boys In Blue and the fanbase.
As it stands, Keith Law has the Dodgers winning the National League West for the fourth straight season, and he has them finishing with 89 wins. He has them taking the division crown over the San Francisco Giants by a measly two games, but it’s still another division title regardless of the margin of victory.
From ESPN Insider Keith Law:
The Dodgers’ quarter-billion-dollar payroll hasn’t bought them a complete starting rotation yet, which is why I didn’t predict them to win 90 games despite the NL’s second-best offense. They can fade some of the minor injuries to Yasmani Grandal or Howie Kendrick, but they’re looking at a rotation of the planet’s best pitcher, two No. 4 starters and a lot of “other.”
Law isn’t sold too much on Scott Kazmir or Kenta Maeda, but he believes in Clayton Kershaw and the offense so much that he has them winning the division crown. That speaks to how good the offense can actually be this season, spring training woes over the last two days notwithstanding.
It’s going to be a long season, but the Dodgers do seem poised to win their fourth straight division title. All the teams in their division have question marks, Giants included. This will be a dogfight, and it appears that a lot of people are banking on the Dodgers being the ones who come out ahead.