Los Angeles Dodgers 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: Don Mattingly (3rd Season)
2012 Record: 86-76 (2nd in NL West)
Key Additions: P Zach Greinke, P Hyun-Jin Ryu, INF/OF Skip Schumaker, P Kevin Gregg
Key Losses: OF Shave Victorino, P Joe Blanton, IF Adam Kennedy, OF Bobby Abreu
The Dodgers have opened up their check book in the past year in an attempt to once again sit atop Major League Baseball. It started with trades last year that brought OF Carl Crawford, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, SS Hanley Ramirez, and P Josh Beckett to Los Angeles.
This offseason they added pitchers Zach Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to their starting rotation. The Los Angeles Dodgers rotation looks to be the best in The National League with Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Beckett, and Aaron Harang.
With a rotation this strong, and a batting order that includes Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Eithier 2-7 respectively, this team will score a ton of runs. Factor in the strongest pitching staff in the National League, and this team should win a World Series.
The only concern for the Dodgers could be team chemistry. Ask teams like Boston what having a lineup full of all stars can do. It’s like playing roulette, and Manager Don Mattingly will have to balance playing time and personalities both on the field and in the club house. Josh Beckett was proven to be a cancer in Boston, and may struggle being potentially a number four starter.Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw will need to be leaders both on and off the field.
While we are not ready to project The Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions just yet, but they should win the NL West and will contend for a championship.