The Los Angeles Dodgers new front office made plenty of moves this winter, but the jury was still out as to whether they improved a team that won consecutive NL West titles.
While it’s still early in the season, the way the team has played couldn’t have played out any better for Andrew Friedman and co. The Dodgers are 9-3 and are on a seven-game winning streak highlighted by a well-rounded offense and an improved bullpen. Offensively, the team is leading the NL in several offensive categories and has scored at least five runs in each game of the winning streak.
Even though it’s likely what he envisioned, Friedman is impressed by the offense thus far via Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
The quality of our at-bats has been tremendous and has played a large role in the offensive success we have enjoyed to date.”
From top to bottom, the lineup has gotten deep into counts and came up with hits when it mattered. One of the biggest differences from last year that has been present this year is the team’s ability to come back later in games. The Dodgers have already won more games after trailing in the sixth inning than they did all of last season.
Another notable difference is the offense’s ability to not miss a beat when the starters get a break. Friedman also expanded on this:
We feel like we have a very deep lineup,” said Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. “We have seen a number of guys step up in the early going, which speaks to the depth of our lineup and bench.”
Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke have all done their job when getting their chance, making it hard for Don Mattingly to go too long without using them.
If the Dodgers can continue this pace on offense, a third straight NL West title and deeper run in the postseason seems likely.
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