As all Hallows eve descends upon us I am reminded that the Dodgers have played only once on Halloween. During last year’s World Series the boys in blue took on the Houston Astros in game 6 of the World Series. That was the only the sixth time in MLB history that players took the field on Halloween. If you remember the Dodgers won, defeating the Astros 3-1. Joc Pederson hit a huge home run off of Justin Verlander and Rich Hill turned in a strong performance. The Dodgers overcame a 1-0 deficit thanks to an RBI double from Chris Taylor and a sacrifice fly from Corey Seager before Joc’s home run. Hill’s strong start led most of us writers to affectionately term the night “Hilloween.”
The win tied the series at 3-3 forcing a game 7. Of course we all remember how the next evening turned out. It did not turn out well for the Dodgers. That doesn’t take away that the lone Dodger game played in Halloween night was a special one.
This winter should be an active one for the Dodger’s front office. Clayton Kershaw has to decided by tomorrow morning whether he will opt out of his contract or not. Manager Dave Robert’s contract status is still up in the air and several players should receive qualifying offers. Will the Dodgers give Yasmani Grandal a 17.5 million dollar qualifying offer? Would he accept it should he receive one? Will Alex Wood get a qualifying offer? Will the Dodgers pick up the option on David Freese’s contract? Hint: they should.
The hot stove will soon be upon us and the Dodgers will have a lot of decisions to make. As Roberts said via interview after game 5 of the World Series, some guys will not be back. I think that the 2019 Dodgers will look vastly different from the team that won their second consecutive National League pennant this season.
In the meantime, while we wait for the news to start rolling in, let’s enjoy Halloween 2018. I hope you guys are preparing to have an exciting and safe holiday. From all of us over here at LADR, to all of you out there, have a very happy Halloween. Nothing could be scarier that losing another World Series anyways.