Los Angeles Dodgers Start of the Season
Los Angeles Dodgers Pitching
It’s going to be an exciting season in Los Angeles this year. The team is still full of stars including All-star Clayton Kershaw. He is arguably the league’s best pitcher and there are no signs of him fading after having another great season last year, although injuries lowered his win total a bit because of it. Other members of the starting rotation include Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. Hill, a left hander, came over from the Oakland Athletics last year and posted a 1.83 era in his only six appearances for the Dodgers after the trade. Maeda posted 16 wins last year after coming over from Japan and look for him to continue his success. Another veteran who fought injuries last season who will start the season in the starting rotation is Brandon McCarthy. The Dodgers owe McCarthy 23 million over the next two seasons so plan on the dodgers a long look to prove himself. The bullpen is a big strength of the team and was at the top of the league in many categories last season. The Dodgers have two quality left handers coming in for relief in Grant Dayton and Luis Avilan. Right handers include Sergio Romo, whom is coming over from rival San Francisco Giants. Look for other righties such as Chris Hatcher, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ross Stripling to contribute again in the later innings. Kenley Jansen will be the team’s closer again after posting a career high 47 saves in 2016.
Los Angeles Dodgers Hitting
The LA Dodgers have a good solid batting order again in 2017. Yasmani Grandal is catching and coming off a career high 27 home runs. He does need to improve on his .228 batting average that he posted in 2016 however to be more effective. At first base is 5 time all star Adrian Gonzalez. He will be batting in the clean up spot and is valuable in the clubhouse and field with his 13 years of experience. Logan Forsythe will be holding down the second base position after coming over from Tampa Bay last season. Chase Utley will also be playing some second base and playing designated hitter when playing American League teams. 22 year old phenom Corey Seager will be back at the shortstop position after posting terrific numbers last year Look for him to have another great year with the bat. At the hot corner is Justin Turner. He finally lived up to his potential in 2016 and had career highs in a number of categories including homers and runs batted in and will be a big key in the heart of the batting order. Roaming the outfield in 2017 will be Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. It is a very young outfield so there are some question marks, but also some great potential. Puig needs to show improvement and prove that he has matured off and on the field and Toles has limited big league experience. But if these three can have good, solid years, look for the Dodgers to be back in contention for the playoffs once again.