Projecting Dodgers’ Opening Day lineup with Freddie Freeman

Adam Weinrib
HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 02: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with teammates after their 7-0 victory against the Houston Astros in Game Six to win the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park on November 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 02: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with teammates after their 7-0 victory against the Houston Astros in Game Six to win the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park on November 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /
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Freddie Freeman and other members of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) /

Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! Oh, what a beautiful day! Freddie Freeman has chosen the Dodgers, and everything’s goin’ LA.

If you thought the Dodgers’ death lineup from 2021 was invincible, wait until you see 2022’s version with Freeman and a fully-healthy Max Muncy in place.

Sadly, Corey Seager had to go, chasing long-term security in Texas. And, technically, with the Universal DH added, we could’ve seen a world where Seager, Freeman, Muncy and Trea Turner could all share the field more often than not. Truly terrifying!

As it is, the Dodgers suppose they’ll make do with only that trio on the field. Regardless, ditching the pitcher’s spot should (should! please!) make this lineup more fearsome.

Will LA’s new favorite son be eased into the Hollywood lineup? Will he reclaim his old spot in Atlanta without hesitation? Will all the Dodgers’ existing stars defer to his wishes?

Doubtful, likely, probably! Here’s our best guess for what the Dodgers look like on Opening Day 2022, facing off against the Rockies at Coors Field (again!).

Dodgers Opening Day Lineup 2022 (Projection) with Freddie Freeman

  1. Mookie Betts, RF
  2. Trea Turner, SS
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Max Muncy, DH

How ’bout THAT top four?! Betts and Turner get copy-pasted into our new-look batting order straight from the end of last year’s NLCS, but it’s pretty impossible to top that as a one-two punch. Not sure who the Dodgers will acquire over the next year or two to attempt to top it, as they often do, but that’ll be addressed eventually.

It’s difficult to keep FreeBomb out of the top half of this order, even with the immense amount of star power in play here. If Dave Roberts wants to get experimental, he can split the righties and lefties and run with Betts/Freeman/Turner/Muncy, but that feels unnecessarily cute. Let the speed demons set the table, worry about everything else later.

We’ll give Muncy the DH role for now, too, considering he’ll still be getting up to speed.

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