Dodgers: Who Will be the Dodgers Biggest X-Factor in 2018?

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 01: Walker Buehler
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 01: Walker Buehler /
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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 01: Walker Buehler /

The Dodgers may have lost Yu Darvish this offseason but for a team enriched with talent, it could be addition by subtraction.  The Dodgers have several players who can emerge as x-factors this season.

The Dodgers enter the 2018 season as one of the best teams if not the best team in the National League.  Although the Chicago Cubs stole Brandon Morrow and Yu Darvish away from the Dodgers, the Dodgers should have no problem replacing Morrow and Darvish.  Although Morrow had a career year, it wouldn’t have been wise for the Dodgers to throw a three-year contract at an injury prone pitcher like the Cubs did.  Yu Darvish is also a very good pitcher but the Dodgers have a solid five-man rotation without Darvish and they could still plug in Buehler later this season.

With Matt Kemp back in the fold, the Dodgers will not have too many new faces on the club this season besides Scott Alexander and possibly another reliever like Patt Venditte.  That doesn’t mean that a familiar face won’t emerge to have a breakout season for the Dodgers.  Last season it was Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger, who will the x-factors be this year?