Indeed, the Dodgers failed to make the big splash move at the MLB trade deadline earlier in the week. Still, the team has aspirations to win the 2019 World Series with a current cast of characters attempting to find their way. While possible, the Dodgers may face an uphill battle unless a few guys emerge elite from their current state.
Now, Sports Illustrated is examining the biggest questions remaining after the MLB trade deadline. Of course, the Dodgers highlight the list of teams brought to task for not bringing that headlining reliever into the boat.
The Yankees and Dodgers will be OK—but why didn’t they put themselves in a better position at the trade deadline? @JATayler runs through the biggest questions in baseball as we head into August https://t.co/cTGFxx5LtW
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) August 3, 2019
The opinion of note written by SI is that the Dodgers don’t have a ‘singular, established high-leverage option’. Here is the snippet that jumped out within the article that you may care most about:
Still, the problem with Los Angeles is that, with Kenley Jansen struggling, the team doesn’t have a singular, established high-leverage option. Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez would have been that arm, but his price was prohibitive. Instead, the Dodgers will have to hope that someone in that aforementioned group of starters can play up in relief—a big maybe for a team trying to end a 31-year championship drought.
The Dodgers added left-hander Adam Kolarek from Tampa Bay. However, one wonders if that along with the current group is enough to get the Dodgers past some of the current American League heavyweights if Los Angeles reaches the final series of the season.
As always, we’re most interested in your thoughts; the reader, the fan. Do you agree with Sports Illustrated’s evaluation in this article that the Dodgers really lack the impact arm to get this done and win a World Series title? Sometimes, those that watch the Dodgers on a daily, every-pitch basis are more qualified to give their opinion than that of a national writer.
In the comments, let us know your feelings on the matter. Will the Dodgers be alright with their current group? Or did they miss out in a major way by not getting an impact guy or two?