Bill Reiter is a pundit for CBS Sports, and he’s bullish on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moreover, Reiter talks about why the Dodgers are bludgeoning teams out of the gates in 2019; as opposed to their sputtering start of 2018.
First, he speaks towards the Dodgers ability to get runners across home plate in ‘high-leverage’ situations. For instance, did you know the Dodgers were first in baseball in RBI with runners on and two outs? Or second in the same category with two outs altogether?
This is a team with a killer instinct, and it’s showing up in the stats. Perhaps there is a reason to rank them higher in the power rankings than second.
"This Dodgers team is winning. They are the best team in baseball for my money. They are consistent, and they are built to do it for a very long time." From earlier on @CBSSportsHQ pic.twitter.com/bdTPl0smiS
— Bill Reiter (@sportsreiter) June 4, 2019
Within the video, Reiter talks about the Dodgers’ ability to build around youth. That’s right – Reiter credits the embattled Andrew Friedman for coming in before 2015 and positioning the Dodgers to win for the long-haul.
While Reiter points towards the Dodgers youth core of Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Max Muncy. Also, he gives mention to Walker Buehler and Julio Urias as young future aces. Therefore, he sees this Los Angeles team as a force to be reckoned with currently and in the seasons to come.
This Dodgers team is winning. They are the best team in baseball for my money. They are consistent, and they are built to do it for a very long time.
Without question – Reiter has a point – and it’s part of the story with the Dodgers that has been ongoing. It’s exciting every day to wake up and know you get to watch the Dodgers, the equivalent of a finely-oiled Tesla on a baseball field.
When you watch the other teams around baseball – that’s when you really are able to gain an appreciation for how good the Dodgers are – and how good they’re going to be for a while.
I’m serious, pick another team to watch sometime for a week or two. You will see what Reiter is talking about.
To watch or write about the Dodgers right now is living a charmed life. Things just don’t happen the way they’re happening in several facets for other teams in baseball, even some of the best.