On the eve of opening day the Dodgers are busy finalizing their 25-man roster. We already know that Andrew Toles was unfortunately optioned to Oklahoma City and Joc Pederson will be making the roster. The rest of the roster we can probably take an educated guess at. Most of the same guys will be back with newcomers Scott Alexander, and Matt Kemp getting a spot on the Dodger’s opening day squad. This will be Kemp’s second stint with the Dodgers and Alexander’s first time wearing Dodger blue. The Dodgers will have three players (possibly four) begin the season on the disabled list. Justin Turner (fractured wrist) Tom Koehler (strained shoulder) Yimi Garcia (Tommy John) and Julio Urias (Tommy John).
As with any new season we love to give our predictions on what we think will happen or where we think the Dodgers will finish. Everyone loves predictions and I am no different. So without further introduction here is my top ten list of events that I think will happen during the 2018 Dodger season.
- Clayton Kershaw will be generally excellent again.
This one comes as no surprise to anyone. Kershaw will be great again finishing in the top 3 in the National League Cy Young award. He’ll post an ERA below 2.20 and win anywhere between 17-20 games. A good bet is that Kershaw will strikeout over 200 while walking below 50 during the regular campaign. I also believe that Kershaw will allow less than 7.0 hits per nine innings.
- Kenley Jansen will save 50 games
You heard it here first. Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers greatest franchise closer of all time will notch his first 50 save season. Jansen is already the all-time leader in saves. But he’s never saved 50 games in a season…..yet.
- The Dodgers will get hot around summer time.
The Dodgers should pick up steam around the summer time. They might get off to a slow start, but we’ve been through this before.
Kemp will hit 25 home runs and play better defense than anyone would have expected. Until he pulls a hamstring towards the middle months of the season spending some time on the disabled list. He’ll still have a productive year otherwise.
- Arizona will talk some trash about the Dodgers on social media but they’ll finish in third place.
An 83-win season will inspire the Dbacks to talk so much smack about the Dodgers. Of course the Dodgers will not engage in such wasteful activities. They’ll be too busy winning the division to care. This should be the highlight of the year for Arizona.
- A lot of Dodgers will be on the all-star team this year.
Dave Roberts, the National League all-star manager will select five Dodgers to the senior circuit squad. There will be 9 Dodgers total on the midsummer classic roster. Most of them will get into the game at some point.
- The Dodgers will win their sixth consecutive NL West division championship finishing with a 98-64 record.
The Dodgers will do it again, winning another NL West crown. They’ll also shore up home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
- The Dodgers will reach the NLCS again
The boys in blue will reach the NLCS for the third consecutive season. For the third straight year they’ll match-up against the Chicago Cubs. For the record they’ll beat the Cubs in six games to clinch their second straight National League pennant.
- The Dodgers will finally win it all
You heard it here first. If they don’t then I’ll just claim plausible deniability.
So how do you think I’ll do on my predictions?