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Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by irish, Mar 28, 2023.

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how many regular season wins for the dodgers in 2023?

  1. < 80

    22.2%
  2. 80-84

    11.1%
  3. 85-89

    11.1%
  4. 90-94

    22.2%
  5. 95-99

    22.2%
  6. 100-104

    11.1%
  7. 105+

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    0.0%
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  1. irish

    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    bspn power rankings

    1. astros
    2. padres
    3. braves
    4. yankees

    5. Los Angeles Dodgers
    Projected record: 91-71 (75% playoff odds | 6.5% World Series odds)

    What's changed most since we saw them last: The Dodgers saw a mass exodus of veteran talent over the winter, a big-name group that ranged from a former MVP in Cody Bellinger to a possible future MVP in Trea Turner to a franchise icon in Justin Turner. This version of the Dodgers will look very different, but one thing that hasn't changed in Chavez Ravine: the expectation to win the World Series.

    The season will be a success if ... They win an NL West title and a World Series. The Dodgers won the NL West in nine of the past 10 seasons, and the one season they didn't win it, they still won 106 games. Yes, they have more holes than they've had in a long time, but the lineup still has Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Will Smith and J.D. Martinez. The rotation still has Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin (although he won't be ready for Opening Day) and Noah Syndergaard, plus two of the top pitching prospects in the game in Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone. So yeah, this season will be a success if it follows the path of other recent seasons.

    Most likely 2023 award winner: Perhaps being ranked ninth in our 2023 top 100 will anger Betts enough that he'll go out and win another MVP. At 30 years old, he remains arguably the best all-around position player in the sport, capable of beating teams with his glove, arm, bat and feet. There might not be a more natural athlete around. If you don't believe us, just wait until you see him play second base this year.

    One (realistic) bold prediction: For all the talk about the Padres' big four hitters, let's go with this: Freeman, Betts, Smith and Martinez will produce more runs than Tatis, Soto, Machado and Bogaerts. We'll use batting runs above average from Baseball-Reference. Check back in October.
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    and now this from fox mlb…

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    I really don't get it. I just don't see it. Are they thinking that we won so many regular season games last year that a drop off from there would still be good enough to win the division and then the two playoff series to get to the WS? Maybe true if the other teams didn't improve, but unfortunately they did... a lot. I see us playing for a wildcard by the ASG and even that isn't a sure thing.
     
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    seems like far too many things have to go right for us to compete
     
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    This seems preposterous.
    Do they factor in the data on managerial record failures ??
    This is like Michael kissing Fredo in Havana in 1959.
     
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    So does Johnny Ola.
     
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    fwiw…

    Jon Weisman@jonweisman
    Cody Bellinger has started his Cubs career 0 for 11 with a walk and four strikeouts.
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    that's brutal
    maybe not quite time to start throwing dirt on his career but its close
     
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    That stupid Kike forearm bump started it all and fucked him up beyond repair. And now I feel that an off line throw may have done the same to Max.
    Time will tell. But he looks very bad.
    His swing, even his approach at the plate, is far removed from what it was.
     
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    i guess i really haven't seen too much of the first few games but thought his swing was looking a lot better?
    know he had an epic first game just talking the swing in general
    as you say time will tell
     
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    Maybe he's forcing it because he's already frustrated. I definitely could be wrong. I hope I am. Big hole if he crashes and burns.
    I don't think anyone we've picked up is gonna fill his previous clutch hitting shoes.
    A HR when we're ahead by 7 rins is fine, we'll take it.
    But we need a good old fashioned rbi guy in that spot, imo.
     
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    friedman and co will praise roberts for leading an inexperienced group to a better than .500 mark
    and…
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    My answer, 88, fits both in 85-89 and >80. Just sayin'.

    :duck:
     
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    Hall of Fame numbers this year, bro.
    Seems fitting.
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    • Dodgers starting shortstop Miguel Rojas hasn’t been in the lineup since Sunday due to soreness in his groin. Chris Taylor has been the replacement in Rojas’s absence.
    ironic since the offense gets kicked in the nads with Kaylor out there.
     
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    lastatman DSP Legend Staff Member Moderator

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    Check out these attendance figures from yesterday's baseball games:

    AAA game: 9548
    AAA game: 9229
    AAA game: 8305
    AAA game: 8222
    AAA game: 6950
    AAA game: 6915
    AAA game: 6639
    AAA game: 6382
    AAA game: 5953
    AAA game: 5172
    AAA game: 3835
    Oakland A's: 3407
    AAA game: 3200
    AAA game: 2453

    Seriously not joking...
     
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    ok doh
     
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