Heading into game number 56 of the 2021 season, the World Series champion Dodgers have had their fair share of struggles. Particularly on the injury front. Still, sitting at 32-23 and 2 games behind the Giants, LA remains in the hunt for its 9th straight NL West division crown.
In fact, even with that somewhat middling record, one Dodgers analyst still has all the faith in the world in these Dodgers. Moreover, SportsNet LA analyst Jerry Hairston Jr joined am570’s Roggin and Rodney on Wednesday where he had a bold declaration.
I still believe, once we’re completely healthy, we’re the best team in baseball.
This Dodger season has had it all when it comes to storylines. All the injuries helped lead to a bad 5-15 stretch where concerns over a potential World Series hangover came into question. Then after that streak, the team rattled off wins in 12 of 14 games, including 8 straight.
Hairston, however, has still liked what he’s seen out of the team. Especially when it comes to still treading water and staying relevant while waiting for key pieces to return.
You gotta be completely healthy. We still have time on our side. … I’d really like to see us in late July when we’re healthy and see where we’re at because I still believe that when we’re healthy, we’re gonna be the team to beat.
Still due back over the next days, weeks, and months for the Dodgers are outfielder AJ Pollock and reliever Jimmy Nelson, both returning this weekend. Starting shortstop Corey Seager is making strides in his recovery from a fractured finger and could potentially return in June. Starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin will join the rotation next week, and relief arms Brusdar Graterol, Scott Alexander, and Corey Knebel will eventually rejoin the team.
As bodies come back, the wins will start piling up once again.