Home Field advantage goes to the Dodgers throughout the playoffs! That is a big deal! The Dodgers have won the NL West every year since Andrew Friedman took control of baseball operations, and they have advanced further every year. Yet, there are “the Unbelievers” – they somehow doubt that his methods work. Latest case in point: Bill Shaikin of THE LA TIMES writes that How Dodgers fare in postseason will show whether Andrew Friedman’s process is working.
Actually, I agree with that! FAZ will be judged by whether they win the World Series, but to question the process is just plain moronic! The process works – even Ray Charles can see that! Whether they win or lose the World Series does not alter the process. What’s “THE PROCESS?” To keep winning year after year and have a shot to win every year, not just occasionally.
Shaikin goes on to say:
The Dodgers refuse to trade their elite prospects, and you can see why by watching Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. But the teams that did trade their elite prospects last year — the Chicago Cubs, to get Aroldis Chapman; and the Cleveland Indians, to get Andrew Miller — were the ones that competed in the World Series.
To compare the Indians and Cubs to the Dodgers is absurd. Both teams sucked for a time so as to be in the position to have a plethora of prospects from which to deal. The Dodgers re-built while remaining very competitive. Not even close to being a worthy comparison.
He goes on to quote Billy Beane about Moneyball who said: “My [crap] doesn’t work in the playoffs.” What Friedman is doing in not moneyball – it is Friedman-esque! There is no comparison.
The playoffs are a crapshoot and there is no doubt in my mind that the Dodgers could have had JD Martinez and Justin Verlander at the expense of Alex Verdugo and Walker Buehler. They would not trade Seager, Urias and Bellinger at the expense of WINNING NOW, nor were they willing to trade Verdugo and Buehler.
Whether that was the right move remains to be seen, but Friedman is trusting THE PROCESS. The Process has delivered the best record in baseball and the most wins in LA Dodger history, but still The Process is still questioned and even after winning the World Series, it will still be questioned, because Old Timers will say: “That’s not how we used to do it.” You can’t please all the people all the time, and Andrew Friedman doesn’t even try.
I think the Dodgers are in a better position to win it all that any other team, but random stuff happens in the playoffs – all you can do is hope that it happens for you.