With the MLB set to resume in July finally, here are three reasons why the Dodgers can rule a shortened season.
This week Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) finally agreed to start the season that has been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
The working framework was finally agreed to after some contentious negotiations that threatened to cancel the season. The league will restart in July with a 60 game schedule where teams play their division rivals 40 times and play 20 times against the same division from the other league.
Regardless of the framework, a shortened season will certainly benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers in their quest to end their 30-plus year World Series title drought.
Here are three reasons why the Dodgers will rule a shortened season:
In the last few years under Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman, the team has put an emphasis on depth and versatility. Position players have been asked to be able to field multiple positions during the season.
Players like Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have played multiple outfield spots and in the infield. Fielding isn’t the only spot where depth has paid off, the Dodgers have the ability to plug in players from both sides of the plate using batting platoons to increase pressure on pitching staffs.
With the addition of Mookie Betts to an already potent lineup the Dodgers lineup, one through eight was going to be one of the deeper teams in baseball. Now the National League will have a designated hitter (DH) for the first time in league history, giving the Dodgers another bat in the lineup to make them the most potent team in their division.