2013 Fantasy Baseball: The Curse Of The Los Angeles Dodgers
During fantasy baseball drafts this spring many owners loaded up players from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team had a new owner in Magic Johnson and spent millions bringing in big names. However, right now the team has a miserable 22-28 record and couldn’t be putting together a more disappointing season.
Several key players on the team have already had trips to the disabled list, which can be deadly for fantasy owners. Stars like SP Zach Greinke (broken collarbone), SP Josh Beckett (groin) 2B Mark Ellis (strained quadriceps), SP Chad Billingsley (elbow), SP Chris Capuano (strained calf), SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb/hamstring), and SP Ted Lilly (rib cage) have all been placed on the shelf at some point in 2013.
Even franchise pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, has been a victim to the LA Fantasy Plague. He currently has the best ERA (1.68) in all of baseball and the southpaw has been dominating opposing hitters. Unfortunately, he is currently getting the third lowest run support (2.45) in the majors and the 2013 LA curse has once again hobbled the fantasy community. Kershaw still has a 5-3 record, but with a little more run support the 2011 NL Cy Young Award Winner could easily be 7-0 right now.
Offensively, the team is towards the bottom in nearly every category as well. Los Angeles is currently ranked 29th in runs scored with only 175. They are ranked 29th in slugging percentage (.371) and 13th in team batting average (.258). They are also ranked 28th in the majors with only 26 home runs this season.
It is mind-boggling to think that a team with Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Ethier could be hitting so few home runs. However, the stats don’t lie and the power foursome has combined to hit just 13 home runs so far through the 2013 season. Han-Ram may have been hurt for most of the year, but the total is still very difficult to look at. Many people drafted these guys to be cornerstones of their franchises and they have since become mediocre sluggers at best.
Even both of the team’s main relievers have horrendous numbers at the moment. Closer Brandon League has 11 saves this season, but he has two loses, a 4.66 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and two blown saves. Not exactly numbers that warrant starting in the pen in fantasy leagues.
Setup man, Kenley Jansen, hasn’t faired well either, as he has a 1-3 record in 22.1 innings of relief work. To make matters worse, Jansen has only two saves, a 3.28 ERA, and has even blown a save of his own. This has just been the story of the Dodgers season so far.
From the first pitch to the last out, it has been a non-stop headache for any fantasy owners with the Blue Bombers on their team this season.