5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Dodgers Will Win 2013 World Series
2013 MLB Playoffs: Top 5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Dodgers Will Win It All
As manager Don Mattingly leads his team into October, there are certainly a number of question marks and answers to be had regarding how the team will overcome some of their upcoming obstacles. With only three games remaining in the regular season and the Dodgers sitting three games behind both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves, it certainly seems as if the Dodgers will be forced to play without home field advantage throughout the NLDS and NLCS. Fortunately for the Dodgers, they are above .500 this season both on the road and at home.
The Boys in Blue also have had a questionable bullpen as of late. Their normal staples like Kenley Jansen and even the more recent Brian Wilson have been solid to the end. Nevertheless, some of the relievers have been so up and down, it is hard to tell what kind of performance Mattingly will get out of them in the postseason. Surprising rookie reliever, Paco Rodriguez, is one example of these hot and cold pitchers and, in order for the Dodgers to go far, he and the rest of the bullpen will need to focus and deliver in the some of the most clutch moments of their careers.
With just a couple of the adversities the Dodgers will need to hurdle in order to win the World Series mentioned, I will now turn to the reasons why the team will put to rest any doubts or questions about their ability to win it all. Here are my top five reasons why the Dodgers will indeed win the World Series and take home that beautiful trophy.
No NL West Opponents
One of the Dodgers’ biggest hurdles this season has been simply winning divisional games. In 2013, the Dodgers’ record against their NL West opponents has been a mediocre 36-37. With a record like that, it is a miracle that the Dodgers made it out as NL West champions. Alas, that is exactly why this is one reason the Dodgers will go all the way. There are no other NL West teams in the playoffs! The Dodgers’ record against the rest of MLB teams is 55-31 (.639) and the Boys in Blue will be happy to not see Paul Goldschmidt, Buster Posey or Troy Tulowitzki again until next Spring.
Although many of this season’s Dodgers have not been to the playoffs, their aged veterans will give them a solid foundation of calm nerves and collected dispositions on which to perch their attitudes. Yasiel Puig is young and energetic, which is great, but guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe will be the ones who get the Dodgers through the postseason. On a regular basis, the Dodgers’ starting lineup averages an age of just about 30 and the Dodgers will rely on those men to be the cornerstones of their offense. But do not sell the 22-year-old Puig short. I can almost guarantee he will continue to add fireworks in the postseason.
If you have watched the Dodgers play at all this year, you ought to have noticed a glaring sense of chemistry coming from the dugout. From horsing around to playful hazing to good-natured nicknaming, the Dodgers get along so well it is even a little bit weird. As a band of not teammates but brothers, the Dodgers will roll through the postseason as a strong, collective unit.
Let’s face the facts. Hanley Ramirez has been an absolute monster again in 2013 for the Dodgers. Despite missing chunks of the season with injuries, Ramirez never slowed down as he would just get right back on track upon each return. Now it seems as if Ramirez is healthy and ready to hit the postseason full steam ahead. In his last 15 games, Ramirez has been just as hot as he has all season, hitting .373 and reaching base safely an absurd 46% of the time. His power has been there as well in that span as he has three doubles and five home runs. Opposing pitchers had better watch out for Ramirez.
Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke represent one of the deadliest 1-2 punches in all of baseball and they could very well open up each series for the Dodgers’ postseason run. These two have the ability to put the Dodgers ahead 2-0 in any series very quickly. Mattingly can follow them up with the fantastic Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco who has been up and down at times, but has had moments of glory with the Dodgers. Although the Dodgers will be facing some of the best starters in the game, Mattingly’s starting rotation is one of the most complete four-man groups and will provide them all the leverage they need to make the deep playoff run to the World Series and eventually, win the whole thing.
That does it for my slideshow. I would love to read your comments of why you agree or disagree with any of these reasons, so please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!