Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell and here we are at another Opening Day.
The Dodgers will win the NL West again this year.
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Yes, I know, a lot can happen in a long season. Injuries. Maybe someone has a horrible season. Kenley Jansen as closer doesn’t inspire 100% confidence. But it’s obvious the Dodgers are the best team in the division. Even my daughter Hannah, who knows very little about baseball, knows the Dodgers will win. Even her dog, Jack, knows.
But why will they win?
They are built for the long haul. They have eight starting pitchers on the roster. They have depth in the bullpen, with guys in the minors waiting to be shuttled back and forth to Los Angeles. They have Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol waiting in the wings, building up arm strength for an eventual return.
They have Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Justin Turner. Versatility in Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry. You would have to expect better seasons from Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. They have Gavin Lux, who seems motivated by what was basically a lost 2020 season. They have a great catcher duo in Will Smith and Austin…