Colorado Rockies: The six teams to watch out for in 2018
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
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If the Rockies are able to surpass the Dbacks in the NL West, their second biggest threat after them are the Dodgers. The Dodgers seem to have some divine right to make it to the postseason every year, but fall short of the ultimate prize, a World Series championship, every year. This may be a good thing for the Rockies, but how would they be able to play on that?
It’s hard to talk about what’s wrong with the Dodgers, essentially because they seem to have everything together. The Rockies may have a better bullpen this year so we’ll have to watch how that comes into play during the regular season, especially when they face LA.
Clayton Kershaw is a machine that, when healthy, can’t be stopped, but we knew that years ago. One flaw that may stick out is the injuries from last year may cripple them this year. Don’t forget about that losing streak the Dodgers had going towards the end of the year too.
In 2017, rookie Cody Bellinger lead the offensive charge with 39 home runs and 97 RBI. Total, the Dodgers had five players with 71 or more RBI for the team last season. They also had seven players that were league average or better offensively (100 OPS+ or higher).
A big question is if Cody Bellinger will be in the same form as last season. If not, there will be blowback from it. The Dodgers are the powerhouse team in the NL to beat. With the Rockies being in the same division, it’s prime time for them to show that LA can easily be knocked down from the pedestal they’re so high up on.