This team and season are a bit reminiscent of the 2017 team, where the expectations were sky high – win the World Series or bust. The feeling around the league is that the Dodgers are the best team around, and anything less than making the World Series, and winning, would be a disappointment.
But as we saw last season, things happen along the way to derail the train on the way to the station. Fighting for the division right down until the last games, losing a key starting pitcher and your first baseman made it hard to repeat as world champs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one week away from opening up the 2022 season in Denver against the Colorado Rockies. Before camp breaks, however, there are still a few unanswered questions.
The number of players still in camp as of Thursday afternoon was 41. The season will open with a 28-man roster so teams will have a little help in the pitching department because of the truncated spring training schedule.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been a major force in the National League for the past decade, and vaunted for their depth at all aspects of the game. But sometimes that depth gets really tested, as evidenced by the likes of Luke Raley and Steven Souza Jr being left to be the pieces on the bench for key at bats in the 2021 postseason.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are finally all back in Spring Training, and it remains uncertain who else will be joining them at Camelback Ranch.
As of Tuesday morning, highly coveted free agent Freddie Freeman had yet to chose a team. On Monday, his prior team, the Atlanta Braves, made a huge trade with the Oakland Athletics to bring All-Star first baseman Matt Olson to Atlanta in exchange for four prospects. One would assume that that means that Freeman will not be returning to Atlanta.
Thank goodness it’s still spring. Starter Walker Buehler was roughed in his latest Cactus League outing. The righty was tagged for nine earned runs in just 4 ⅓ innings, as the Dodgers fell to Brewers, 9-6, despite a late rally.