Welcome to February, Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Baseball returns this month! We think.
If there’s one thing Dodger fans know, it’s that Los Angeles will be tied to every big free agent and possible trade candidate out there this winter. Despite having just won the World Series and having one of the top teams again going into the 2021 season, there is always room for improvement.
Even though it was a much shortened season, it still feels like we’ve reached the end of the season so quickly. Today is the last off day for the Dodgers during the regular season, with the playoffs starting next Wednesday.
Following Thursday night’s game, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have finished one-third of this shortened season with at least 12 wins and a percentage point tie for the lead if not an all out lead.
After Saturday’s loss at home to the Giants, the Dodgers officially passed the one-quarter mark of the season with a 10-5 record, as they currently trail the division-leading Rockies by a full game in the National League West.
We’ve actually made it to the week when baseball starts in earnest. Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers took on NL West rivals Arizona Diamondbacks for their first of three exhibition games before the season officially starts on Thursday.
The Dodgers open their 60-game shortened-season schedule against the Giants on July 23. They surely will want to sprint right out of the gates in the most unusual baseball season ever. During their run of seven consecutive division titles, the Dodgers would have only won two division titles if the seasons would have ended after 60 games. Usually, the team starts hovering above .500 and then wears out their opponents later as the season progresses.
With just 60 games being played this season, baseball fans are bound to see new history entered into the books in some shape or form. Baseball could see an unlikely champion, MVP, or some astronomical stat never imagined. The Dodgers find themselves with three former MVPs on their roster. While the team is loaded with talent, we take a look at who will step up as the most valuable player on the team. Due to the shortened season, there will be no pitchers on the list.
While there’s still plenty of time remaining before the beginning of the abbreviated 2020 MLB season, there is a good chance that Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers for the opener, so long as everything stays on track.