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San Francisco Giants 2017 Preview of NL West Opponents: The Dodgers

Jake Mastroianni
Apr 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA: General view of Dodger Stadium entrance sign during ceremony to rename Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue in honor of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Scully, who is retiring after 67 years after the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA: General view of Dodger Stadium entrance sign during ceremony to rename Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue in honor of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Scully, who is retiring after 67 years after the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 23, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2017 Prediction

As I mentioned earlier, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorite to win the NL West in 2017.

Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projections have the Dodgers winning the division by nine games over the Giants. They have them finishing the season with 96 wins, which I think is ridiculous.

How can a team that won 91 games last year and didn’t improve in the offseaon be predicted to win five more games?

I really don’t like teams that choose to just stay the same when they didn’t win a championship the year before.

Certainly the Giants have done a lot to keep players with the Giants in the past, but that was for teams that won World Series rings.

If the team the Dodgers had last year wasn’t good enough to win the World Series, why would it be different this year?

I’m not saying this team will regress, but I certainly don’t think they’ve improved.

Still, the Dodgers should be a playoff team in 2017.

They have a solid mix of youth and veteran leadership in the lineup. Plus, their pitching staff and bullpen are very strong thanks to Kershaw and Jansen.

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Their weaknesses are in the outfield and the back of the rotation. I think they need to make improvements there to repeat as NL West champs and get to the World Series.

Prediction: 89-73 

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