Seven bold predictions for the National League West in 2018

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 03: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts while running off the field in the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch on March 3, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 03: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts while running off the field in the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch on March 3, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Speaking of the Dodgers, I will predict that the Justin Turner injury will not impact the Dodgers as much as people might believe.

Turner went down on Monday night with a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game. It’s unknown exactly how long the All-Star third baseman will be out of action. However, he won’t need surgery, which is the best-case scenario right now for Los Angeles.

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The 33-year-old Turner batted .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBI last season. He also did that in 130 games after suffering a hamstring injury in May. The Dodgers survived for a stretch without Turner last season. They will again this season as well.

Los Angeles has plenty of depth in their lineup to overcome such an injury. And it may not be the only injury to worry about when it comes to the Dodgers. Corey Seager’s elbow remains a question mark that will need to be examined.

However, it will take a lot of injuries for the Dodgers to fall from the top of the National League West. Money makes a difference and this team is built to contend, even with a star player going out of the lineup.

Will the Dodgers miss Turner? Absolutely. Will the Dodgers miss the playoffs because of his absence. No way.

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