Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 Spring Training Preview
The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to choke away in the postseason. Los Angeles had the best record in baseball last season. However, they lost in heartbreaking fashion once again and this time it was at home in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals after losing in the World Series at home in back-to-back seasons against the Houston Astros in Game 7 in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 in 2018.
Clayton Kershaw gave up back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon. Washington tied the game at three because of those home runs and then Howie Kendrick delivered the knockout punch in the 10th inning on a grand slam.
This season, the Dodgers will look to find a way to get back to the playoffs and maybe just maybe they can find a way to win it all. Los Angeles has not won the World Series since the last 1980s. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired starting pitcher David Price and outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox the other day. Los Angeles also acquired right-handed pitcher Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins as well.
The Dodgers may have the best lineup in the MLB this season and a lot of people think it could be the New York Yankees and Los Angeles in the World Series, but time will tell.
It is going to be interesting to see what happens. The projected lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers will be 1. (OF) Mookie Betts 2. (1B) Max Muncy 3. (3B) Justin Turner 4. (OF) Cody Bellinger 5. (SS) Corey Seager 6. (OF) A.J. Pollock 7. (C) Will Smith 8. (2B) Enrique Hernandez 9. Pitcher’s spot.
Cody Bellinger won the National League MVP last season.
Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling were also supposed to get traded to the Los Angeles Angels, but it fell through. The Dodgers will look to find a suitor for Pederson before the MLB season starts and we see who takes him because the outfielder is loaded.
Julio Urias could be the sixth starter on this team and he will look to get some starts this season as well.
Kenley Jansen will most likely be the closer for this team and they don’t have a strong bullpen to begin with either.
The Los Angeles Dodgers should run away with the National League West. The Arizona Diamondbacks could give them major problems this season. After that, the San Diego Padres, the Colorado Rockies, and the San Francisco Giants could be harmless.
San Diego isn’t ready to contend yet. Colorado has a turn of turmoil with the front office and third baseman Nolan Arenado. San Francisco is currently rebuilding.
Los Angeles plays its spring training games at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Glendale, Arizona. They also share a spring training stadium with the Chicago White Sox.
The Dodgers will begin spring training on Saturday, February 22 on the road against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.
Pitchers and catchers have to report by Thursday, February 13. Position players have to report by Monday, February 17 because the first workout is scheduled for the next day after that in order to get ready for games to be played.
Los Angeles will begin the season at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 26 for a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants.
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