Dodgers: Breaking down the 2017 Dodgers vs. 2019 Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the fi inning at Oracle Park on September 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the fi inning at Oracle Park on September 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers points skyward after hitting a grand slam during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park September 24, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Comparing the offense

2019 Dodgers : 277 HR, 850 RBI, 875 Runs, .473 SLG%, .810 OPS

2017 Dodgers: 221 HR, 730 RBI, 770 Runs, .437 SLG%, .771 OPS

As it’s easy to see, the 2019 Dodgers are a much more powerful team than the 2017 Dodgers.  There is still one more game left to play for the 2019 club so while the stats are unlikely to change much, they could still tack a few home runs and runs onto their 2019 totals.  Both clubs were powerful but the 2019 Dodgers are much better in the power department thanks to having three hitters with 35 or more home runs.

Max Muncy was not part of the 2017 Dodgers and while Cody Bellinger had a historic rookie season, he has been a better version of his rookie self in 2019.  At catcher the Dodgers had the powerful Yasmani Grandal but the 2019 Dodgers have Will Smith who if given a similar sample size would be right there with Yasmani in the power department.  The 2019 Dodgers also have slugging rookie Gavin Lux at second base and the 2017 club had Logan Forsythe.

The other two big differences are that this version of the LA Dodgers has A.J. Pollock in the outfield rather than Yasiel Puig.  If that ends up an upgrade remains to be seen in the postseason.  Then there is the bad news in that the 2017 version of Corey Seager was elite while Seager has struggled a bit in 2019.  He has become much better in September though.  Justin Turner is also a bit hobbled entering the postseason but hopefully he is good for another clutch NLCS home run.

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