Opening Day for Baseball Season is today! The Dodger have their opening day on Monday and it looks like they are firing on all cylinders. Corey Seager could get out of bed and single on the way to the bathroom.
I have just a few thoughts about the approach of the season:
- The Dodgers may not need a Brad Brach – before the season is over Yasiel Sierra could be one of the best setup men in the game. He is evolving rapidly!
- With seven starters on the team and many more in waiting, there should be no need to trade for a starting pitcher in the foreseeable future. The farm should produce all that is needed. It’s like Orel said “I have never seen this many live arms in a farm system.”
- Doug Padilla of ESPN reports this: “The Dodgers’ leadoff man for Opening Day on Monday is down to Andrew Toles or Logan Forsythe. Manager Dave Roberts said he will notify both of his decision Sunday evening.”
- Tomorrow we will have our annual predictions. Feel free to inject yours tomorrow.
- Finally, I received this e-mail from a commenter:
Hope you are enjoying your Florida retreat.
Two things: 1) a quote below; 2) While I don’t agree with many of Dodgerrick’s positions he is a pretty good writer with solid points and would complement AC’s excellent writing and viewpoints with a slightly different take.
I’m thinking it would lead to continued lively and interesting discussion without all the bitterness and vitriol that we are so happy is gone.
“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.” ― John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Thanks for all you do for LADodgertalk.
Great Idea! What say you Rick?
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Let’s Get Offensive!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there were teams with great offensives that have lingered in my mind.
- The 1955 Dodgers
- The 1975 Big Red Machine
- The 1977 Dodgers
We have learned that pitching and defense wins championships and some of those teams had that. The 1975 Big Red Machine had four relievers that carried three-fifths of their rotation on their backs. The 1955 Dodgers did not have dominant pitching that year from the rotation or the bullpen. The 1977 Dodgers had a solid but not spectacular rotation and bullpen.
That is all that is going to be said about pitching because this post is all about offense. The question now asked is how do you think the 2017 Dodger offense ranks with the three of the best from the past? Most of us were not around when the 1927 Yankees played so they are not included. The Reds are included because I have always liked that lineup and have often compared Dodger lineups to them through the years.
Career wise, Rose beats Forsythe but I think a career year from Forsythe, which I expect him to have, will be better than Rose at the leadoff spot this year. Griffey always had that high batting average but Toles might be able to outplay him. Morgan is tough to beat in the third spot and I think he reinvented the #3 spot in the lineup. Snider, Mays, Mantle used to be the prototypical #3 hitter but Morgan added OBP, stolen bases, and limited strikeouts in lieu of the homerun. My heart gives the #4 spot to Campanella. Perez and Gonzales are the clutch RBI guys so I like them in the #5 spot. I think Cey is the clear winner in the #6 spot. Robinson was aging and Concepcion was still learning to hit in those years so the #7 spot winner for me is a tie between Monday and Grandal. By putting Pederson in the #8 spot, lots of competition has been removed, so I think he is the clear winner there.
Here are the Steamer projections for the 2017 Dodger offense inadvertently ranked by OPS. That can be made into a solid lineup but nothing spectacular. The 2017 Dodgers will need pair great pitching and defense to this lineup to win a World Series.
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