The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team since the Texans Rangers that lost in back-to-back World Series. Los Angeles lost in five games last season against the Boston Red Sox and then they lost to the Houston Astros the season before in seven games.
Dave Roberts is a very good manager, but he will need to keep his guys focused again this season. They could very well show signs of fatigue in 2019 because of the long playoff runs the Dodgers have been through.
Los Angeles will either be the favorites or the second favorites to win the NL West this season. This team relies on a next man up mentality.
They traded for Manny Machado near the trade deadline last season and the Los Angeles Dodgers traded away five prospects to the Baltimore Orioles.
Justin Turner will be the starting third baseman, Corey Seager will be the starting shortstop, Max Muncy will be the starting second baseman, and Cody Bellinger will be the starting first baseman. Chris Taylor, David Freese, Enrique Hernandez, and Andrew Toles will be key backup infielders/outfielders.
Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, and Alex Verdugo will be the starting outfielders. Verdugo has the potential to have a breakout season at only 22 years old.
Austin Barnes will be the starting catcher. Russell Martin will be the backup catcher.
Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ross Stripling will be the starting pitchers.
Kenley Jansen will be the closer for this team. Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, and Dylan Floro will be some of the key relievers in the bullpen.
The Los Angeles Dodgers first spring training game will be on Saturday, February 23 against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Arizona. Opening Day for Los Angeles will be on Thursday, March 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at home.