Dodgers: Four Questions the 2018 Dodgers Must Answer

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Clayton Kershaw
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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Joc Pederson /

Who steps up to take over the left field job?

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The Dodgers find themselves with a lot of options for the starting left field position in 2018, but there are also a lot of questions.  Joc Pederson broke out once again in the World Series, mashing three home runs but was that just a bottle of lightning?  He will need to come to spring training and prove that he figured something out with his batting stance that is constantly changing.

Andrew Toles will be coming back from ACL surgery which is as common as Tommy John surgeries in today’s sports world.  He was a stellar surprise in 2016 and was off to a strong start in 2017 before he injured his knee diving for a ball in left field.

If Toles can bounce back, then the Dodgers will have another player besides Chris Taylor who is capable of stealing bases. The issue is what happens if both Toles and Pederson flop?

The Dodgers also have talented prospect Alex Verdugo on the roster, but he struggled during his September call-up.  Verdugo did swat on home run but only hit .174 in his brief major league stint.

Next: Could the Dodgers target Tommy Pham?

The only sure thing in left field is that Kiké Hernandez will likely play left field against left-handed starting pitchers.  Outside of that, there is a lot to sort out in spring training for left field.  If the Dodgers want to win the World Series next year, they need to answer these questions first.