It’s just three games into the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ regular season, but I can’t help but be concerned about the team’s lack of offensive output.
There is no question that the Dodgers’ strength lies within its pitching staff. When you have three potential Cy Young Award winners in your starting rotation and two other starters who would be solid three’s on any other team, there is very little need to worry about the quality of pitching. With their strong pitching staff, all the Dodgers would need to do on most nights is put two runs up on the board. The way the offense performed in the domestic season opener makes me wonder if getting two runs a night will be a struggle for the blue crew.
If the Dodgers want to live up to the large expectations placed upon them this season, they need to hit the ball consistently well. I have full confidence that the Dodgers will make the playoffs with a less than stellar offensive output, but if they want to win the World Series, they need to be a team with a significant offensive presence. I predict that veterans Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez will awaken the Dodgers’ offense over the next few games and lead the team to a significant run in the playoffs.
The true litmus test for the Dodgers offense lies within the first two weeks of the season. The boys in blue could potentially face Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Max Scherzer in consecutive games. If the Dodgers can put up runs against those three pitchers, they will be in great shape for the rest of the season.