Coming off Tommy John Surgery will Carl Crawford be able to add to the star-power of the Dodgers’ lineup? After a dreadful tenure in Boston, Crawford will be looking to bounce back in Los Angeles.
There will be a lot of pressure on him as Dodger fans are expecting him to bring the five-tools he was known to have when he played for the Rays.
Alongside Matt Kemp, Crawford is going to be one of the biggest factors for this ball club, as his play will help determine whether the Dodgers will ride high in the win column, or digging down in the dumps in the loss column.
Crawford could become the team’s leadoff man. If so, he will be the catalyst of this team.
His speed will be something to keep a close eye on, however. He is coming off surgery and has only played a few games since the 2011 season. Keep in mind though, that this is a guy that has 432 stolen bases in his career.
Playing left field, he will have a lot of balls flying his way.
He will need to cover a lot of ground to catch some line drives. In addition to that, will he continue to have that strong arm he used to have? If so, he will be able to have the opportunity to throw out a lot of baserunners either going to third base, or headed home.
That can be important as it can change the outcome of many one-run games.
Can Crawford regain his swing?
It will be tougher for him to hit home runs now that he will be playing at Dodger Stadium.
Crawford will need to work hard on his rehabbing to get that power back. That could help out the Dodgers a ton, so they can get more runs on the board.
Dodgers management has made a huge gamble on Crawford; one that could come back to bite them in the back and suffer a huge loss in the amount of cash, or one that could take the Dodgers over the top, and lead them to championship paradise.