With the trades and signings perhaps appearing to be all wrapped up for the Dodgers, let’s look ahead to the season and find some conjecture and predictions for 2019.
A.J. Pollock will do well this season for the Dodgers, despite the fact that he’s wearing No. 11—Dodger fans well know the last three players to wear this number, and they all bring a groan with them. Jimmy Rollins, Josh Reddick and Logan Forsythe all have worn the number for the Dodgers after having been acquired mid-season or signed in the off-season. But none of their stint were long. Rollins was trending towards the end of his career when he signed. Forsythe and Reddick were traded to the Dodgers, so it was not their choice to be there. Reddick couldn’t get out of town fast enough, and poor Forsythe couldn’t stay healthy enough to be his productive self before he was traded to the Minnesota Twins.
In his introduction to Los Angeles media and fans on Saturday, Pollock stated that he had his sights set on being a Dodger from the very beginning.
“When this happened, it almost felt too good to be true”, he told Alanna Rizzo after his press conference.
He’s been stuck on a team that couldn’t quite do anything in the playoffs, if they made it at all, and a fresh start does a body good. With the Dodgers’ propensity to platoon, and not counting a freak injury, he’ll play like the player he is and stay healthy through the season.
This season’s team will be mostly intact in September—While searching twitter on another topic, I ran across this tweet from Bill Shaikin:
Last season was so devastating injury wise that the Dodgers front office had to go out and find three new infielders to help. I think Corey Seager will have a slow go of it in the beginning, not even necessarily being ready for Opening Day, but by the time September rolls around, he’ll be fine.
The battle for second base will have worked itself out (another mini-prediction—Enrique Hernandez will win that). So while now we don’t know what the day-to-day infield will look like, and Seager possibly not being at SS on Opening Day, there won’t be any external players brought in to help there.
I think a big acquisition be made mid-season near the trade deadlines, and it will likely be a pitcher or an outfielder.
Andrew Toles will be this year’s Chris Taylor/Max Muncy—Okay, so admittedly this one is wishful thinking, as I really like Toles. And, it also doesn’t count because he’s been up with the team before. But he was well on his way to being a rock star in 2017 before he gave up his body making a play in the outfield early in the season. Who’s to say that if healthy, he couldn’t do it again? With a great spring training that results in consistent playing time, it just might.
What pleasant predictions do you have for the upcoming season?