If you’ve been a long time reader of this column or a follower of mine on Twitter, you know that I always do my best not to overreact to the ups and downs of a long baseball season. Admittedly, sometimes this is much harder than other times. The beginning of this season has definitely been a challenge. Still, I am not overly worried overall about the state of the Dodgers.
If you missed Saturday’s column, we took a quick moment to look at five players on the Dodgers‘ farm who may be likely to get a call at some point during the 2018 season. By no means was I trying to imply an impending roster move, but after another marathon game when an already taxed bullpen was stretched to the max, coupled with a struggling offense still unable to find a groove, several changes could be coming sooner rather than later.
There’s no question that the Dodgers‘ big league, 25-man roster is structured to handle a short-term absence from just about any player on the squad. The team has relief pitchers who can start, starters who can relieve, outfielders who can play the infield, and even a utility man who can handle the catching duties. However, if another type of unfortunate, long-term injury occurs at any point during the season, the club may find themselves forced to dip into the minor league depths for added cover.
For those of you who are regular readers of this site, you know that we spend a lot of time covering the Dodgers‘ minor league affiliates, especially the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. And for those of you who tuned in frequently over the winter months, you know that we gave a lot of air time time to 21-year-old righty pitching prospect, Dennis Santana.
One week into the Dodgers‘ 2018 season and a lot of fans are letting the negative thoughts run in their heads. It’s not the optimal start to the season we were all hoping for, but it’s still not time to panic.
It’s been a happy, yet rough week for the Dodgers. On Thursday, Clayton Kershaw tossed the first pitch to Yasmani Grandal, marking the official commencement of the 2018 season. Since then, we have seen some remarkable pitching performances, as well as some we wish could be erased, or redone.
For those fans who watched Monday night’s contest against Arizona to the bitter end, they saw a little bit of everything from the Dodgers—sketchy starting pitching, some stellar relief pitching, some timely hitting, and another unimpressive appearance from one of the best closer in baseball.
The Dodgers started the 2018 season in record-breaking fashion. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was good, though. The Dodgers are the first team in MLB history to allow only two runs in an opening four game series. Still, they only managed to split the series with their rival San Francisco Giants.
Now that the Dodgers have their first win of the 2018 season under their belts, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Before the squad took the field on Saturday evening, many of those who follow the club were racking their respective brains for the likely cause(s) of the early slumber; however, everything was quickly forgotten when the team was able to put a five-spot up on the Giants and earn the victory.
Even though the Dodgers have completed just two games of their long 2018 regular season campaign, many amateur critics have already emerged from the woodwork, employing their masterful management skills in hopes of providing a solution to the club’s struggling offense.