Before pushing the panic button, before calling for heads, before turning your backs on the high priced Los Angeles Dodgers, take in to consideration the opening series stakes.
Having your first three games of the season, albeit at home, against the reigning world champion San Francisco Giants is no small task. On paper, the Dodgers are supposed to go 162-0, but we all know that is impossible. So before dumping players and calling up 20-year olds from Double A, give the blue crew some time to work it out.
An important part of having a winning team is beating the teams you are supposed to beat, and being competitive in the games against teams you are fighting with for your division and league championships. With only three games in the books against the champs who just happen to be your biggest division rival, don’t hang your heads about the Dodgers just yet.
In the next two weeks, Los Angeles hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games, travels for three games against the San Diego Padres and three against the Arizona Diamondbacks before coming back home for three more against the Padres. The Dodgers are more than capable of winning all four of those series, if not sweeping one or two of them. So a 10-4 or even 8-6 record doesn’t sound so bad all of a sudden.
The season is a marathon. We will be laughing in August about some of the things we are thinking now. The Dodgers are led by a group of experienced coaches and players with one of the coolest customers in the game at the helm in Don Mattingly.
The Dodgers must remain as cool as the blue of their uniforms and they will find themselves where they were predicted to be in the end…in a pennant race.