2. Shore up the bullpen with savvy additions
Any team needs a good bullpen if it wants any chance of going on a run in October. As it stands right now, the Dodgers do not have a good bullpen -- in fact, they have one of the worst in the entire league. Typical standouts, like Alex Vesia, have been awful and it's been an overall group effort worth forgetting through the first month of action.
At the time of this writing, the Dodgers have the fourth-highest bullpen ERA (5.32) in the entire sport. Only the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics are worse. Those are not the kinds of teams you want to be grouped with.
This is so untypical of the Dodgers and it's critical that the team fixes it by making savvy bullpen additions. LA doesn't need to make a massive trade, like the Josh Hader deal from a year ago, but there needs to be some help. Someone like Aroldis Chapman could actually make a lot of sense.
If LA can add 2-3 impact relievers, then most of the problems will be fixed. Dave Roberts can run a four-man playoff rotation and use guys like Gavin Stone, Ryan Pepiot and maybe even Walker Buehler in the bullpen.
But without any external help during the season, the Dodgers might not even be in a position to make the playoffs in the National League.