Note to self – do not title a blog post “Do the Dodgers Have a Pitching Problem” because then, they really will.
Before the beginning of Sunday’s games, the Dodgers still had the best record in the majors at 32-14. They sat in front of NL West rival San Diego by a full three games, and their inclusion in the 2020 postseason playoff picture is imminent. However, there’s been a ton of discussions about potential home field advantage and what it might mean in the postseason.
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.
The Dodgers are without a doubt the best team in all of baseball, as their record and run differential and roster all prove. And it seems silly to nitpick a team that has so much going for it. However.
Currently sitting with both the best record and best run differential in the majors, the Dodgers may soon be receiving an energetic boost with regards to several players returning from the injured list.
When you have the best record in the majors, you have the luxury of letting players rest whenever the manager sees fit. After all, the only thing on the line was the Dodgers’ streak of winning series this season.
If you’re a frequent reader of this site, you’ll know that we’re pretty big on player prospects, as we typically feature one or more of the budding stars on a weekly basis. However, because of the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, a lot of emphasis has seemingly been taken off of player development. Nevertheless, to keep the juices flowing, we’ve still been showcasing some of the best prospects who are still active as part of the Dodgers‘ 60-man player pool.
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.
So far so good for the Dodgers as the last third of the 2020 season nears. They still are the only team yet to lose a series in all of MLB, their run differential is 50 more than any other team, and they have the best record in the land by two games over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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.