We are now just a few days away from Opening Day, and hopefully, we will be witnessing a full season of baseball. Last year was quite the pellicular season for all fans, but the Dodgers finally broke their long-awaited World Championship drought.
Expectations are high once again for the Blue Crew, as they are heavy favorites to repeat as World Champions. During the last season, which was only 60 games, the Dodgers had the best regular-season record in the Major Leagues at 43-17.
Personally, I predicted a record of 45-15, but two games off is not too bad of a prediction. Heading back to a full 162 game season, we will most likely see more wear and tear as the year progresses. Additionally, travelling could become a factor since clubs will be playing all over the country, and the ongoing pandemic may take another toll if certain players miss time.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers should be at the top of majors once again. Several teams have improved significantly over the offseason such as the Mets and the Padres. The biggest addition to the Dodgers was reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, although they did lose several free agents such as Kike Hernandez and Joc Pederson.
The Dodgers arguably have the best pitching depth in the majors. Former Cy Young winner David Price will begin the season in the bullpen, as Dustin May has earned the fifth starting spot in the rotation. Having a former Cy Young award winner like Price coming out the bullpen is something only the Dodgers would have, which speaks volumes about their depth of talent.
Overall, I believe the Dodgers are well equipped to win over 100 games this season, barring significant injuries to players or anything along those drastic lines.
In the division, no team outside of the Padres is really that strong. Perenially, the Dodgers always do well against their divisional opponents, despite many tough battles. Being the defending champions does in fact put a target on their back as they are likely to face the best any team has to give night in and night out.
I’d expect for the Dodgers to once again have the best record in the majors or very close. I’m predicting a record of 107-55. Winning the 107 games is quite a difficult task, but the Dodgers are as good and as deep they have ever been. 107 games would be a franchise record and a one-game increase from the previous record of 106 in the 2019 season.
At the end of the season, the Dodgers can possibly have multiple players in the running for awards such as NL MVP or the Cy Young. It will be fun to look back and see how everything pans out come October.
The Dodgers on Tuesday night will have their final tune-up before Opening Day on Thursday, as they face the Angels in the final game of the Freeway Series.
Dustin May is set to start the game and face Angels left-hander Jose Quintana.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Pacific.