Dodgers: Five Bold Predictions for the Second Half
Prediction: Dodgers finally earn home-field advantage
The current franchise record for wins in a season is 105, which came in 1953. This season the Los Angeles will pass that and reach 106 wins. Due to a watered down National League, the Dodgers will ravage through the schedule with ease in the second half. In fact, 30 of the first 36 games to start the second half come against teams that are under 500.
Equipped with enormous amounts of depth, LA should be able to withstand whatever comes their way. The Dodgers’ pitching rotation got hot right before the break, and they will continue that in the second half and provide the team with plenty of quality starts. After upgrading the offense at the trade deadline, Los Angeles will be a juggernaut with an above-average offense and defense.
By the time the Dodgers reach September, the Rockies and Diamondbacks should already have a firm grasp of the wild card spots. LA will steamroll through the division in September since they will be playing for home-field advantage in the playoffs and possibly the World Series. This is the first year in a while that the Dodgers will earn home field.