With all the regular season awards having been handed out, we are officially into the offseason. Here at Think Blue Planning Committee, that means the return of Fan Fridays. Our first installment begins with what fans see as the most important off season move the Dodgers‘ front office should make.
I, like many of you, miss baseball a lot right now. It’s been two weeks since Game 7, and I finally feel ready to move forward, but spring training doesn’t start for three months. Until February, we have the holidays, we have the joy of winter, and we have offseason trades and free agent signings. Though the offseason is not nearly as riveting as Game 7, it’s still something, and it’s worth getting excited about. In the past, my predictions as to who the Dodgers would sign have been, for the most part, incorrect and conventional.
At the non-waiver trade deadline, they all say that the team that makes a big move will be the team putting themselves in the best position to win in October. Well, winter is no exception. The free agent market this year is interesting, and there are some big names out there—players that contenders need to sign.
“For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.” ~Green Day
Longtime readers of my column may remember that last year, I used a song to encompass thoughts I had about any Dodgers doings and happenings. I felt it fitting to bring that back for this column, and as Green Day so often does, wrote lyrics to capture exactly what I was feeling.
Did the Dodgers win Game 1 of the World Series? Yes. Did Chris Taylor and Justin Turner homer? Yes. Clayton Kershaw pitched a gem, but quite possibly the most important part of the whole thing was the crowd. Dodger fans flocked by the thousands to Chavez Ravine on Tuesday night to witness a game that had the possibility to be one of the most historic nights in Dodger history.
After the Astros won the ACLS, former Dodgers‘ outfielder Josh Reddick said he was looking forward to winning World Series games at Dodger Stadium because fans booed him during his brief tenure wearing the Blue. Not surprisingly, his comments were not well-received by many of the fan base, at least those commenting on Dodgers Twitter.
When I initially sat down to take a few notes for the statistical end of today’s column, my intention was to create a theme centered on the advantages the Astros have over the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series—at least on paper, anyway. The problem I had, however, was no matter how far I would stretch certain theories and statistics, I simply could not come up with more than just a few factors which favored the Astros, all bias aside. Even the Houston offense, as prolific as it was this year, doesn’t have a significant edge over the Los Angeles crew.
Heading into the deciding Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS on Saturday evening, the most popular talk among fans of the Dodgers seems to be revolving around which American League club provides the more favorable matchup for Los Angeles. Plenty of different criteria is being thrown around and about—regular season stats, managerial success rates in the postseason, who plays better in certain weather—just to name a few. But at the end of the day, playoff baseball is such a completely different animal, as it’s almost impossible to predict the mindset of the team which will take the field in the opener.
With the 2017 NLCS well underway, all of our postseason questions are finally being answered. Yes, the Dodgers and the Cubs are playing a rematch of last year’s Championship series, but this postseason is different, and we’re starting to see why. This Los Angeles team is almost unrecognizable from who we saw last year, as they lost a decisive Game 6 of the NLCS to the Chicago Cubs.