One of the most fun parts of the preseason other than trade speculation is hope. Hope that your team will perform above and beyond the previous year. The hope that your team will be the ones hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy at their parade in their hometown. And Baseball America is once again providing Dodgers fans with that hope.
As a part of their annual staff predictions roundtable, some of the experts gave their thoughts on the Dodgers’ upcoming season. It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles was unanimously picked to take home the NL West title yet again. With the Diamondbacks entering a sort of rebuild, the only real threat is Colorado. And even they are too short on pitching to realistically give the Dodgers a hard time.
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Colorado Rockies
- San Diego Padres
- San Francisco Giants
- Arizona Diamondbacks
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The other teams listed as playoff favorites are the Nationals, Cubs, Braves, and Brewers. The only difference from last season would be that the Nationals make the playoffs and the Rockies do not. In the AL, they had the Yankees, Indian, an Astros all winning their divisions with Boston and the Angels getting in via the wild card.
In terms of awards, not one Dodgers player was listed as a top three candidate. This includes MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. But the most interesting part of the entire report was in the section on World Series odds.
Of the eight participants from Baseball America, three of them had the Dodgers taking home the World Series title. Two others had the Dodgers losing their third straight World Series, either to the Astros or the Red Sox. Given the PECOTA predictions we saw last month, these outcomes would seem to be right on target. The Dodgers certainly look like the favorites to win the National League pennant, it’s just a question of how far they can go beyond that.
Back-to-back World Series losses hurt bad, but losing three straight would be much more difficult to stomach.
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