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.
While we all know that there’s a very good chance the Dodgers walk away with the National League’s top playoff seed, what we don’t know is how the team will put together its starting playoff rotation.
Without question, as the 2020 playoffs rapidly approach, the biggest roster issue currently on the minds of Dodgers fans everywhere is the state of the starting pitching rotation.
Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson, both of whom have been very instrumental in the Dodgers’ success in recent years, aren’t just facing roster consequences with regards to the playoffs, but they’re also conceivably playing for their upcoming contracts in 2020.
From a timing perspective, it’s very odd seeing the MLB trade deadline pass with only one-third of the regular season remaining to be played. As it stands, the Dodgers are in fantastic standing statistically heading into the final month of the 2020 campaign. Nevertheless, we all know how meaningless numbers can be, especially once the postseason hits full stride in October.
After the Dodgers optioned righty pitcher Mitch White back to camp on Saturday morning, the team recalled Gavin Lux back to the big league club, leaving many fans wondering how the rookie infielder might fit into the roster picture moving forward.
Some things are larger than sports, and the Los Angeles Dodgers proved that on Wednesday by postponing their scheduled game against the San Francisco Giants.
And just like that, the regular season is half over.
Of course, in this time of craziness that is only 30 games, but still we find ourselves at the halfway point. The Los Angeles Dodgers just finished a schedule of 17 games in a row with two road trips embedded within. I had worried that this might be a little stumbling block for them, but they finished it with a record of 13-4.
It’s hard to believe the difference a few weeks can make on the baseball field.
Over his first 25 plate appearances of the shortened 2020 season, Austin Barnes went a paltry 2-for-22 at the plate, leading many fans of the Dodgers to debate both the short term and long term solutions for the organization at catcher.
The major league arrival of Keibert Ruiz on Saturday spurred many insightful discussions among fans of the Dodgers, specifically how the team might view its situation at catcher for the next several years.