Dodgers: Three Ways the Offense Can be Even Better in 2018
A more dangerous team on the basepaths
One of the few disappointments under Dave Roberts has been the lack of more stolen bases. With the guy who stole one of the most important bases in playoff history at the helm, I think every Dodger fan expected the Dodgers to steal more bases. The Dodgers ranked 18th in baseball last season in stolen bases and have more players capable of stealing bases than some of the teams that finished ahead of them like the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While Yasiel Puig stole 15 bases last season, he was caught stealing six times and he is very capable of being a 20-20 player if Dave Roberts and the coaching staff can get the wild horse in better base stealing form. The Dodgers could also benefit from Andrew Toles getting more playing time in left field. Toles stole as many as 62 bases in one season while in the minor leagues, but as a Dodger, he has only one stolen base in 79 games. If Toles can prove his knee is healthy, he can steal twenty-plus bases in 2018.
Chris Taylor is another Dodger player who is capable of being a 20-20 player. CT3 stole 17 bases last season and stole as many as 38 bags during one of his minor league seasons. If Puig and Taylor live up to their potential then the Dodgers could have two 20-20 players in 2018. The Dodgers also have some smart base runners who steal bases with their smarts rather than their speed like Logan Forsythe, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner. Hopefully, Dave Roberts rubs off on the Dodgers more in 2018 and they steal more bases. That would take the Dodgers offense to the next level.