The Los Angeles Dodgers are officially back in beautiful California after weeks of being away at Spring Training in Arizona.
Baseball season is so close! And with the Dodgers back at Dodgers Stadium Adrian Gonzalez can’t wait to get things going.
— Adrian Gonzalez (@Adrian_ElTitan) March 31, 2016
The Dodgers will open the 2016 on the road in San Diego facing their NL West rival the Padres. With a new season comes new predictions on who will take the crown, and this year the Dodgers are predicted to win the NL West once again, according to SB Nation writer Grant Brisbee.
This is the 4th straight year Brisbee has picked the Boys in Blue to take the NL West. He’s been right so far, fans might as well bring out their “We Own The West” shirts now.
2016 NL West Projected Standings via SBNation:
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- San Francisco Giants
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Colorado Rockies
- San Diego Padres
For the full list across the MLB click here.
The Dodgers look to remain on top despite not having a solid 5th starter and dealing with mounting injuries. Some fans on twitter were nominating pitcher Jamey Wright as a potential 5th starter, unfortunately Wright has played his last game in the MLB.
The 41-year-old starter announced his retirement from baseball after 19 seasons, playing for 10 different clubs.
You thought Lakers’ Kobe Bryant’s career was long?
Jamey Wright was drafted during the Rockies first season as a franchise.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) March 28, 2016
That was in 1993. Flash forward to 2016 Wright says he knew it was time to hang up his jersey.
“I am very blessed to be in the clubhouse and be with these guys,” Wright said in an interview with TrueBlueLA.com. “One thing about pitching for 10 different teams, I’ve got more friends than anybody.”
Wright is sure to be missed in the clubhouse. Just ask Justin Turner.
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) March 28, 2016
So with Wright not an option as the Dodgers 5th starter we asked Dodgers Nation their thoughts.
Who should be the @Dodgers 5th Starter this first time thru the rotation?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 29, 2016
Close race! But as for that 18 percent fans had some interesting ideas:
— Lance Dattilo (@DatGuyLD5) March 29, 2016
— Jedimind1207 (@JediMind1207) March 29, 2016
— RJ West (@BattleScars911) March 29, 2016
So while the Dodgers sort that out, among other things (i.e. TV Deal), there is some good news. FOX announced it will be showing eight Dodger games on FOX and FOX Sports 1 this season.
The eight games will all be played on Saturday:
- April 9 at Giants, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
- May 28 at Mets, 4 p.m. (Fox)
- June 11 at Giants, 4 p.m. (Fox)
- June 25 at Pirates, 4 p.m. (Fox)
- July 9 vs. Padres, 4 p.m. (Fox)
- Aug. 6 vs. Red Sox, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
- Aug. 13 vs Pirates, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
- Aug. 27 vs. Cubs, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
The Dodgers also have four games scheduled on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
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