By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 26, 2014
Even before the season began, the Los Angeles Dodgers were viewed as the best team in the National League. They have the best one-two punch at the top of the rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and they have one of the best young players in Yasiel Puig. But even with all this talent, it will not be enough to win a championship. Here are five reasons why they will not win the World Series.
Since signing a mega-deal, Carl Crawford has been a disappointment in both Boston and now Los Angeles. He has not only been injury prone, but also struggled to produce when in the field. Instead of proving to be a marquee player, Crawford has just a .266 average with five home runs in 79 games.
The Dodgers were expected to roll over teams. When they played the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this season, they were expected to dominate, but instead they were owned. The Brewers won 5-of-6 and were even able to beat Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. If they meet again in October, the Brewers will have no fear.
Last season, when the Dodgers lost Hanley Ramirez in the playoffs, their season was officially over. He has recently been activated, but has been injured for the most of the season. He is clearly one of their best offensive players, and if he misses time again in October, they have little chance to move on.
With Kershaw and Greinke, it is hard to say that the Dodgers' rotation can be a weakness, but the rotation that once seemed so deep has been greatly weakened this season. Dan Haren has struggled as of late, and pitchers like Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez have been added to try to fortify the staff.
After re-signing Brian Wilson this offseason, the Dodgers looked like they were going to have a lock-down eighth and ninth inning. But as it currently stands, the Dodgers have the 20th best bullpen ERA in baseball. Wilson has struggled from day one, as his ERA has risen over five. When October approaches, bullpens need to be their strongest, and the Dodgers' crew is one the team's weakest link.
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