SBNation writer Grant Brisbee, one of the best baseball writers around, released his full prediction list today for division, playoffs, and awards. Obviously the most important one has to do with the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Brisbee’s own San Francisco Giants.
It might come as a shock then that Brisbee, who as mentioned is a fan of the Giants, actually picked the Dodgers to win the NL West this upcoming season. His reasoning is actually quite sound, though, and you can understand where he’s coming from in picking them to take the crown for a fourth straight season.
The lineup should be fine, deep, and talented, with deserving players on the bench and in the minors. Yasiel Puig should rebound, if only because that’s what young stars do after disappointing seasons, and Corey Seager doesn’t have to outhit Carlos Correa to be a revelation and a drastic improvement. If they can pitch even a little behind Kershaw, they’ll take the division.
Brisbee believes in the lineup, a lot in fact. It’s hard not to. After all, they did replace Jimmy Rollins with Corey Seager so that’s a definite upgrade as far as that is concerned. There shouldn’t be any way that Yasiel Puig is as bad as he was in 2015, as well, so that’s another upgrade. It’s all based on perception.
If you’re wondering how Brisbee sees the playoffs going, well he has the Dodgers losing in the NLCS to the New York Mets. On one hand, that would be painful. On the other hand, at least they made the NLCS! So take solace in that little fact, I guess. It is an even year, though, but this could be the Dodgers’ year, as well.