Before first pitch against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, the Dodgers were three and half games behind the first place San Francisco Giants. Through, Tuesday, the Dodgers archival has been seated atop the division for a staggering 90 days this year.
Despite the Giants’ dominance this year, ESPN Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech still expects the Dodgers to win the division. Not only that, he expects them to finish with the best record in the bigs. Ravech appeared on the Rich Eisen Show on Monday.
“There’s skepticism in the fact that the Giants are leading the NL West because the names are not the Dodgers names and they’re not the Padres names. Their [Giants players] track records aren’t great.”
Newly acquired Kris Bryant joins Buster Posey as a headliner, but the rest of the Giants top performers are significantly less proven. First baseman Darin Ruf (.968 OPS) was playing in the KBO as recently as 2019. LaMonte Wade Jr. (141 wRC+) has fewer than 100 MLB games under his belt. Starter Kevin Gausman owns a lifetime 4.04 ERA.
Ravech reiterated that the Dodgers’ impressive roster, when compared to the Giants, will power them to a ninth straight division title.
“I’m certain they’re gonna end up [the best team in baseball]. I go back to the skepticism of [the Giants roster vs Dodgers roster]. You can go around the Dodgers team and for the most part, everyone one of their names would be favored in a ‘let’s go through position by position’. With the exception of Posey, it’s generally going to favor the Dodgers.”
It’s early August. The Giants might be winning with “smoke and mirrors”, but they’re still winning.
The Dodgers cannot sit around and wait for the Giants to start dropping games. The Dodgers need to start beating quality opponents and continue to man-handling weaker competition.
A team can’t win on talent and name recognition alone.