The Los Angeles Dodgers are serious about winning a World Series and they’re not concerned about the price tag. After upgrading the roster and spending cash with no limits, they’re ready to see what this year will offer.
It’s a new season in Los Angeles and with a $225 million dollar payroll which happens to be the biggest in Major League Baseball history, the Dodgers should be able cash out on the field. After adding big names to the roster like Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu they’re expected to rise to the top.
The Dodgers are buying their way back into postseason and showing the world that winning games isn’t the only thing on their agenda, they’re projecting to make it to the World Series. Well, at least that’s what their roster lineup and check book looks like. Big money and big names usually leads to big things happening.
But only time will tell if the Dodgers can live up to the earl buzz surrounding the team. It’s now up to the players to go and get what the Dodgers management have handed them.
“Management said they wanted to build something around here that we’d love to come to,” said outfielder Matt Kemp. “So far, they’ve done a great job.”
The boys in blue are ready to put on a show for their city this season. After a disappointing season last year, the Dodgers have a chance to bounce back with all the talent they’ve added this year. The Dodgers ranked 26th last year in runs scored but that should drop tremendously this season. If they come in anything low below 10th place fans have every right to be concerned.
Kemp is the defacto the leader of this team and if he comes out blasting like he did in 2011, it should rub off on the rest of his teammates. Kemp is arguably one of the best all around players in MLB and his teammates should feed off of what he brings to the plate.
Another player to watch out for is left fielder Carl Crawford. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has already announced that Crawford will be the left field starter on opening day, and on Saturday evening Crawford made his decision look bright. His debut to Los Angeles was almost perfect. Crawford went 2-for-3 at the plate and gave the crowd a peek into what they can expect this season.
Although Crawford is still rehabbing his elbow following his Tommy John surgery last season, he looked polished enough to start on opening day. He didn’t appear to be bothered by the injury. Kemp was jovial to see his teammate making plays and playing for the first time at Dodgers Stadium.
“Crawford looks really good and he’s most definitely ready to start for us; we’re going to need him and he’s going to be huge for us,” said Kemp.
Pitching in Los Angeles is a special commodity. The Dodgers are loaded with pitching talent this season. That department will either make or break the team’s push to the postseason. Pitching is the most important area in baseball, and the Dodgers made it a priority to put it first. They took it to the next level in signing Greinke, the National League’s 2009 Cy Young winner, to a $147 million deal over six years.
Greinke will play alongside the NL’s 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers are sitting pretty in the pitching department with those two aces ready to do their thing this season.
We can easily envision the Dodgers winning out the NL West if things go as planned and everyone stays healthy. The Dodgers should be a force to be reckoned with. Starting Opening Day, the Dodgers will have pressure on them from the time the first pitch is thrown. There won’t be room for any excuses if the team falls flat and don’t make the playoffs this year. Mattingly is expected to find ways to bring out the best in of all of his players.
Although it’s all there talent-wise for the Dodgers, nothing is promised and things could unravel in the blink of an eye. My prediction is that the Dodgers will beat out the San Francisco Giants for the NL West title this year.
Tamara is a graduate of Cal State Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tamara is passionate about covering sports. She has covered the NBA and Major League Baseball routinely for the past several years. A Southern California native, Tamara developed her skills as a sports journalist while working for various Los Angeles-based news publications.