While there may or may not be a super team playing in Chicago that can steamroll through the National League, local pundits say no matter, the Dodgers will reach the 2017 World Series. Maybe they can do it, but as the Dodgers’ 2017 season starts tomorrow, while improvement along with much needed experience is evident in many areas, it’s still the pitching that will matter most, and that, for LA 2017, is still full of major question marks.
Let’s start behind the plate with a position that has not improved over last season. I’ve always been a critic of Yasmani Grandal, and despite his fine power showing of 2016, I still say he is way overrated in all aspects of the game. What was real last season for the lifetime .238 hitter was his below average .228 BA, not his career high 27 home runs,
which I doubt will be duplicated, let alone exceeded, this season. Backing up Grandal, the team no longer has A.J. Ellis, a great defensive catcher, clutch hitter, and pitchers’ favorite, who spent several seasons as the teams regular before the infamous trade of Matt Kemp for Grandal two years ago. Veteran Bobby Wilson had a fine spring, but failed to make the opening day roster, Continue reading