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How are the Dodgers chances to repeat as World Series champs?
Clayton, Trevor and David are going to get 20 wins each. The Dodgers Dynasty is here.
- u_bin_calledLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
The arsenal is fully stocked and there really aren't any "holes" on their roster except for closer....but Jansen's cutter has looked good so far and they have enough guys behind him to form a decent "committee."
The big unknown is whether or not the Dodger's analytics-heavy style will be as effective over 162 games as it was over 60...
The problem with the Friedman/Roberts philosophy is that the team reaches the post season with starters conditioned to go 5 innings, hitters conditioned to be taken out of the lineup at any time and relievers who've each thrown a massive amount of pitches (remember, getting up in the bullpen but not coming into the game still contributes to arm fatigue).
Besides questionable pitching changes, the thing that killed the Dodgers in the 2017 and 2018 Series was that no one really stepped up when needed. You had starters taken out after 3 innings and relievers who were clearly burnt out.... You had batters conditioned during the year to swing for the fences every at bat being owned by smart pitchers who took advantage of them... that can all be traced to management style.
The one glimmer of hope was Roberts's choice to leave Urias in to clinch the series rather than going "by the book" and handing the ball to Jansen. That speaks to some evolution in thinking.
The Dodgers are the favorite....but if they're averaging six pitchers per game and four different lineups every week, I'll be nervous come playoff time..