The Los Angeles Dodgers begin 2016 with a chance to do something the team has been unable to do since 1988, and that’s deliver a World Series championship to the city that desperately loves its team. To win, you have to score runs. That’s the name of the game. And the Dodgers might have a good enough offense this year.
If you are to go off of USA Today’s For The Win section’s comprehensive offensive rankings list, then you might be shocked to find that the Dodgers have the third best offense in baseball going into the year. Sound crazy? Well, it shouldn’t be.
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Hey, remember Yasiel Puig? Even after his injury-plagued 2015 season, Puig owns an .858 big-league OPS and is still only 25. The Dodgers had a relatively quiet offseason by their absurd standards, but they’ve got a whole host of guys who hit well and a few with real chances of performing like superstars. If young shortstop Corey Seager is anywhere near as good as he looked in his 27-game big-league stint in 2015, look out. No team combines mega-salaried veterans with brilliant looking young players quite like the Dodgers do.
It’s hard to argue. The team has an offense that features Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal, and whoever the left fielder of choice for that day will be – either Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, or Carl Crawford.
It’s a pretty loaded offensive squad, even with some of their deficiencies after the All-Star break last season. Players just don’t suddenly forget how to hit. There’s a lot more to the game than that. So, if the Dodgers are to hoist the crown in October, then they’ll have to hope their offense performs as well as this list says they can.
If you’re wondering about the rest of the National League West on this list, the San Francisco Giants came in 5th, the Arizona Diamondbacks were 19th, the Colorado Rockies were 25th, and the San Diego Padres were 29th. Basically, it’s two teams and then everyone else.