With Opening Day this Sunday, we at Around the Foghorn are going to preview every team the San Francisco Giants will face in the National League West. Today we will look at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As most of you know, the Dodgers had a great second half in 2016 and passed the San Francisco Giants to win the NL West by four games with an overall record of 91-71.
They faced the Washington Nationals in the first round of the playoffs. After being down two games to one, they came back and won the series.
The Dodgers moved on to face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. They faced the opposite scenario in round two as they were up two games to one and then lost three in a row.
Despite winning the NL West, the Dodgers had a losing record against the San Francisco Giants last year 11-8. The season series was tied at 8-8 until the Giants swept them to end the season.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2017. He also finished third in the NL MVP vote and won the Silver Slugger award at shortstop.
Seager hit .308 with 105 runs scored, 26 home runs and 72 RBI with a .365 on-base-percentage.
Of course, they also boast the best regular season pitcher in the game with Clayton Kershaw. Even though he missed a lot of time last year due to injury, he still was 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 149 innings.
There is no denying that the Dodgers are a great team, and they are the favorites heading into 2017.