With the signing of first basemen Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers can now boast three league MVP’s in their starting lineup. Freemen can replace the left handed-power of Corey Seager, and his consistency makes the lineup just as dangerous.
With Trea Turner and Mookie Betts setting the table at the top of the lineup, and Max Muncy in his familiar clean-up sport, the Dodgers boast the best 1-4 in baseball. Despite having a potent lineup on paper, there are still questions when it comes to the Dodgers offense.
With the trade of AJ Pollock, there is a question of who will step into the everyday left field spot. Chris Taylor is the most likely candidate when everyone is healthy. Taylor hit well during the first half of 2021 (.834 OPS) but faded badly in the second half (.709 OPS), and more will be asked of Taylor to stay consistent for the entire season.
The big question mark is certainly the bat of Cody Bellinger. Whether it was because of his surgically repaired shoulder or because of his approach, Bellinger had an atrocious 2021 regular season.
In just 95 games, Bellinger carried an abysmal slash line of .165/.240/.302/.542 that was only mitigated by a postseason that included a .906 OPS and clutch hits throughout October. The Dodgers won 106 games in spite of Bellinger’s poor bat, it is unlikely they can repeat that feat this year if Bellinger hasn’t figured things out.