It is time for Dodger Baseball. This is Opening Day, so it must be prediction time. I have selected a few categories for predictions. If you have any other suggestions, please add them.
- NL West Final Standings
- Divisional Winners
- Wild Card Teams
- NL Pennant Winner
- AL Pennant Winner
- World Series Champion
- Rookie of the Year
- CY Award
- Reliever of the Year
Maybe way out there predictions:
- Gavin Stone’s MLB Debut
- Bobby Miller’s MLB Debut
- Michael Busch’s MLB Debut
- Andy Pages’ MLB Debut
- Who will the Dodgers target at the Deadline. – No Bear you cannot predict Tyler White or Jedd Gyorko.
NL West Final Standings:
- NL West – Dodgers
- NL Central – Cardinals
- NL East – Braves
- AL West – Astros
- AL Central – Guardians
- AL East – Yankees
NL Wild Cards – San Diego, Philadelphia, NY Mets
AL Wild Cards – Toronto, Seattle, Texas
NL Pennant Champion – Dodgers over Braves
AL Pennant Champion – Yankees over Astros
World Series Champion – Dodgers over Yankees in 7. I can’t help myself. I am the consummate Homer.
NL Rookie of the Year – Corbin Carroll (Arizona) over Jordan Walker (St. Louis) and Miguel Vargas and James Outman.
AL Rookie of the Year – Gunnar Henderson (Baltimore)
NL CY Award – Julio Urías over Max Fried (Atlanta), Aaron Nola (Philadelphia), Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) and Sandy Alcantara (Miami).
AL CY Award – Shane Bieber (Guardians) over Framber Valdez (Astros), Shane McClanahan (Rays), and Kevin Gausman (Toronto).
NL Reliever of the Year – Josh Hader – It should be Evan Phillips, but the award is not going to go to anyone but a closer.
AL Reliever of the Year – Emmanuel Clase – Guardians
NL MVP – Nolan Arenado (Cardinals) over Freddie Freeman and Juan Soto (Padres). – Others – Manny Machado (Padres), Austin Riley (Braves), Mookie Betts.
AL MVP – Shohei Ohtani over Julio Rodríguez (Mariners) – Others José Ramírez (Guardians), Mike Trout.
Gavin Stone MLB Debut – June 2023
Bobby Miller MLB Debut – July 2023
Michael Busch MLB Debut – August 2023
Andy Pages – 2024
Who will the Dodgers target at the Deadline?
Pitchers – Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee), Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee), Lucas Giolito (CWS), Trevor Rogers (Miami), Corey Kluber (Boston), Tyler Glasnow (Tampa Bay – $25MM).
Lucas Giolito is the only rental, so the odds of AF acquiring a mid to top of the rotation starter are not good. They will probably stay with what they have and not block any of their prospect pitching. Glasnow is not a rental, but he could be targeted due to his $25MM due in 2024, that Tampa Bay may want to get out of.
Position – Dylan Carlson (Cardinals OF), Lars Nootbaar (Cardinals OF), Tyler O’Neil (Cardinals OF), Royce Lewis (Minnesota SS/OF), Luis Robert Jr. (CWS OF), Eloy Jiménez (CWS OF), Harrison Bader (NYY OF), Willy Adames (Milwaukee SS), Amed Rosario (Cleveland SS).
There are not a lot of OF or 3B available from non-contending teams. No true rentals which is who AF likes to target. Harrison Bader is a rental, but doubtful NYY will trade him. Pittsburgh has made it clear that they are not going to trade Bryan Reynolds without a HUGE overpay, and AF will not do that. Pittsburgh is not going to let Reynolds dictate to them, so they plan on holding on to him until maybe the Deadline of his walk year (2025). Which is why Pittsburgh will always be a loser organization as long as Bob Nutting is there.
They could wait until Josh Donaldson is released from NYY and sign him for ML minimum.
Cardinals may want to trade one of their OF to get Jordan Walker a position (most likely in RF).
The Dodgers could still target one of the Reds infielder prospects, not named Elly De La Cruz. This would not be a primary target, and would probably not happen until next Winter.
The Brewers have a lot of OF, but will they trade one of them to the Dodgers? Sal Frelick or Joey Wiemer. I know it is not going to happen.
Maybe Andy Pages will go off in AAA, and they will not need an OF.
I also predict that during the long season, there will be multiple credits and criticisms allocated to each of the players, manager, coaches, AF, Brandon Gomes, and a whole host of others. And the next day roles will be reversed. There is always someone to blame and to give credit to.
More than anything else, let’s enjoy the next 162 games and then see what happens in the Playoffs.