It’s the time of year for hope – and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is providing plenty of it. Roberts spoke with Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, and there are plenty of quotes that should get you excited.
Let’s examine the headline grabbers on as the Dodgers report to spring training at Camelback. Moreover, it’s clear that if you’re a member of the Dodgers clubhouse; the eye is on the prize of reaching a third consecutive World Series.
#Dodgers head to #SpringTraining aiming for another World Series trip, this time with a different ending, and Dave Roberts’ optimism is already in mid season form:
“I just don’t see any weaknesses with this ballclub”https://t.co/aAHuQPeLw2
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 11, 2019
Above all, Roberts feels that this group has what it takes to make that happen.
“I think this team is just as talented, for me,” Roberts said, citing one of the deepest groups of starting pitchers in baseball and a bullpen fortified by the signing of Kelly. “And I think in practice it’s better because it’s a more balanced ballclub. Pollock is a big part of that. Now on any given night, regardless of who we’re facing, it’s going to be a tough offense to navigate.
“I think getting arguably our best player from two years ago back healthy is something that’s a big deal. … I just don’t see any weaknesses with this ballclub where last year you could argue if we faced a lefty we could be exposed a little bit.”
Of course – that best player – is sneaky MVP candidate Corey Seager. Mentioning of Pollock and Kelly as additions that strengthen the whole are key. While the Dodgers didn’t bring home the prized free agent, they’re going to win ballgames at regularity because of additions like that.
Moreover, Andrew Friedman feels that the key is consistency.
“I think the team last year was the most talented team I have ever been around. But for a host of reasons, some bad luck, some real, we weren’t as consistent. And I think a big thing for us is to avoid the games where we score zero, one or two runs. As often as we can, score three or more and we will win a lot of games doing that, especially with our pitching staff.”
If the Dodgers win the 2019 World Series, they would be the only team in baseball history other than the 1923 Yankees to lose back-to-back appearances before breaking through in the third try. Roberts says this is the team without any weakness, and his boss says last year’s squad was the most talented under his watch.
The answers to the questions will be scribed about in a short while, with meaningful clues to the conclusion along the way. Do you agree with Dave Roberts’ assessment of the 2019 club? Why or why not?
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