The make-up of the 2018 Dodgers team is going to look pretty identical to last year’s team. With only three major free agents this off-season, Dave Roberts can rest assured his core players will be ready to make another run at a World Series. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.
There’s very little the Dodgers could do this off-season to drastically improve their 2018 outlook. As of now, the Dodgers are currently the NL favorites to return to the World Series without having made any off-season moves. There’s speculation to many impactful moves Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi can make, but the improvements for this team come outside of their roster.
The style of Dodger baseball. Last season, the season didn’t end with an LA championship because of lack of talent. It ended the way it did because of the club’s inability to play efficient baseball down the stretch.
I come from a small ball era where managers have to grind for every run and cherish every baserunner. Well, it’s become more and more evident that this old style of play is slowly dying in today’s game of baseball. Rarely do we see pitchers pitch past 125 pitches to throw a complete game, and rarely do we see managers sacrifice runners over to get into situational hitting spots.
But that’s an aspect of the game I’d love to see Dave Roberts bring back next season. Roberts has the most talented, versatile team in the entire league, so there’s no reason he should stay away from the small ball game script. Starting with stealing bases.