The Dodgers and their fanbase have to be excited about what is happening. Signing Freddie Freeman has seems to give the team a jolt of energy, and that showed when reporters started to talk to players at Camelback Ranch,
Most of the feedback was elation in regards to the Freeman signing. And why not? Adding that sort of player into this Dodgers lineup has to be exciting for the guys already there. Adding Freeman gives them a real shot at another title in 2022.
But Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw took a much more realistic approach when he spoke about it. He was obviously excited, but Kersh spoke to the media about what that means, and how the team has to make what they have work. Talent alone is not enough to win games.
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw on adding Freeman: "We have a position player lineup of all-stars but that doesn't mean we’re going to win."
Said it comes down to chemistry and culture. "We have to work on that and we will. We’ll be good at it.”
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) March 17, 2022
Kersh is right. Adding Freeman into this lineup doesn’t automatically make them title contenders. It just means that they need to figure out how to get all of the components to work together.
Clayton Kershaw on #Dodgers lineup with Freddie Freeman.
“We can’t just assume because we have nine of the best players in the game running out there everyday we are going to win.”
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 17, 2022
If history has taught us anything, it’s that All-Star teams don’t always work out. The Dodgers have all of the pieces that they could possibly need to win a World Series this year, but that’s not enough.
If you could poke holes in this roster, it’s almost certainly in the starting rotation. The uncertainty of Trevor Bauer also makes that a little more difficult. But regardless, getting Freddie Freeman into the lineup is huge. Be excited about it Dodgers fans.