Opening day is just a little over a week away, and roster decisions are certainly looming for the Dodgers. Other than some lingering injuries, it’s been a relatively boring spring. There have been a few camp battles, and Logan Forsythe has been pretty solid. Corey Seager is on the mend, and Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner already look in midseason form. Andre Ethier‘s back injury opens the door for several outfielders, and Hyun-jin Ryu has looked great.
Once the 25-man rosters are set is it anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen? With the Dodgers we can probably make an educated guess on what could happen during the 2017 season. Or maybe just I can. Anyways, here are 10 predictions that are likely to happen during the season for the Dodgers.
- Everyone will get hurt
If you haven’t been paying attention by now you should know that the Dodgers get hurt. They get hurt a lot. They have good players, but those good players are injury prone. They are constantly hurt, or nursing minor injuries, or sometimes healing from a major injury. Either way they will be spending time on the disabled list.
- 80% of the roster will spend time on the disabled list at some point during the 2017 season
Piggybacking off of number 1, most of the Dodger roster will spend time on the disabled list. Just expect this and try not to be too surprised. Fortunately for the Dodgers the disabled list is now only 10 days this year for the first time in MLB history. Strange, but that should allow the Dodgers to shuffle players on and off the disabled list like a deck of cards.
There will be oblique injuries, and there will be sore backs. There will be rusty necks, and sore arms, and inflammation and injections. Expect a ton of strained hamstrings, and rusty knees. Someone will probably strain their calf, and I am sure at least several players will have hip injuries.
- The Dodgers will play like crap in April
Normally because of injuries and lack of consistent time on the field the Dodgers will get off to a slow start. They’ll probably lose a lot of games in the first month or two of the season.
- The Dodgers will play great at the end of the season or summer months.
Everyone should get healthy and make returns around July, that’s when the Dodgers will make their move in the NL West. Several players will come off the DL around that time and the Dodgers will start winning, probably sometime around July. They’ll be scorching hot in August, when the weather is also scorching hot. They should be in first place by September.
- Roster spot wasters will make the roster, and the Dodgers will refuse to cut them.
Terrible players theoretically should not be placed on the active roster. Unfortunately the Dodgers are in love with roster spot wasters like Brandon McCarthy, Chris Hatcher, and Enrique Hernandez. Those guys will make the roster and contribute little to no value of any kind. Nice guys, but awful players.
- The front office will make a fruitless complicated three-team trade at the trade deadline for several below average platoon players, or injury riddled pitchers.
Every trade the front office has made at the trade deadline has not worked out. Most of those players acquired have been bad. Maybe one or two of those players that have worked out, (Rich Hill), but most of them have been forgettable. Guys like Jim Johnson, Josh Reddick, and Mat Latos are just a few of the bums that have been traded to the Dodgers in midseason. The front office does not do their best work in midseason.
Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and he’s ready to slay dragons this year.
- I’ll get frustrated in June when the Dodgers are middling around .500 and throw a tantrum on twitter declaring the season over. Then the Dodgers will make their annual summer charge into first place.
My tolerance for bad baseball expires around June. I’ll probably head to twitter and declare the season over once or twice before the Dodgers start winning games in July. I like to think that my yearly twitter fit contributes to the Dodger’s success. Don’t question the process because it works.
- We’ll see Cody Bellinger in September
The Dodgers will call up to prospect Cody Bellinger in September when rosters expand and he’ll make everyone drool. The youngster will play like Jackie Robinson and several thousand fake Cody Bellinger accounts will pop up on twitter.
- The Dodgers will win 90 games and their fifth consecutive NL West division crown
I know there isn’t much competition in the NL West, but the Dodgers should win it again. Despite the injuries, roster spot wasters, and fruitless midseason trades the Dodgers are still a good team with a talented core group of players. They’ll make the postseason again. But will the Dodgers finally break the nasty World Series drought that has marred the franchise for the past 29 years? Only time will tell.