The Dodgers were just a game away from being knocked out of the 2020 postseason. Despite that, their incredible depth picked them up and helped them to make a run at their first World Series title since 1988.
That depth is what truly separates the Dodgers from the rest of the league, and has defined them for the past couple of years. But with teams around the league doing all they can to bolster their lineups and rotations, have some of them finally caught up to the Dodgers?
The general consensus from MLB experts over at ESPN is that the Dodgers are still the team to beat in baseball heading into 2021. Despite them not making any jaw-dropping trades or signings, Los Angeles still sits at the top. But as Brad Doolittle puts it, other teams have closed the gap.
The Dodgers remain the team to beat but teams like the Mets and Padres have closed the gap. L.A. has yet to re-sign or replace key free agents such as Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez, while the Mets and Padres have had comparatively aggressive offseasons.
It’s also worth noting that while most of the writers felt the Dodgers were the team to beat, they also did not think they were bulletproof. In fact, almost every one of the writers felt that Los Angeles could get beat in a playoff series, with Jesse Rogers betting on the Padres.
Keep in mind, all of this is said before the Dodgers have really added anyone in the offseason. They signed Blake Treinen to a new deal and added a few depth arms, but haven’t landed their big fish as of yet. Los Angeles could still add a BIG right-handed bat, or Trevor Bauer, or both.
If they’re saying this about the Dodgers now, just wait until they spend some money.
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