Los Angeles Dodgers To Go One Better In 2018?

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
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For the most part of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in pole position to push on and win the World Series title for the first time since 1988. The Dodgers are in complete control of the National League West division, winning the divisional crown in each of the last five years. With a bit of luck, Los Angeles can go one better in 2018 as they look to avenge their latest defeat to the Houston Astros.

Cody Bellinger, the unanimous National League Rookie of the Year for 2017, is only going to improve with experience and the 22-year-old can mature into an elite talent at the top level this season. He broke a number of records throughout the campaign, including the MLB record for most strikeouts in a postseason (29) – with 17 of those coming in the World Series. Bellinger can be the face of Los Angeles for years to come if he emulates his 2017 form.

With superstar Clayton Kershaw tied down for another year, the Dodgers will be quietly confident of winning baseball’s grand prize in 2018. As of January 23rd, Los Angeles is valued at around 6/1 to claim a seventh World Series success and punters can find the latest tips and odds at Champion Bets in the build-up to the new campaign. It would be the perfect parting gift if Kershaw is able to lead the Dodgers to glory.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will be expecting big things this year, especially with Matt Kemp now back at Dodger Stadium. The two-time All-Star came at a price but he could be the difference maker for Los Angeles this year, especially if he manages to regain his best form. Kemp may not be the dominant force that he once was but that trade allows the Los Angeles franchise to prepare for an offseason of spending at the end of 2018.

World Series opponents Houston will be there or thereabouts once again, as will the New York Yankees after a very impressive offseason. Backing against the Dodgers may be foolish though; losing on the big stage can often be the catalyst to spur an organization on. With the likes of Kemp, Kershaw, and Bellinger on top form, Los Angeles can advance to the World Series once again but, this time, they can prevail.

For the Dodgers, silence is golden. New York has been making big moves to close the gap at the Major League Baseball summit but Los Angeles is waiting patiently – and that might be the best decision. Roberts and the rest of the Dodgers board will expect to challenge for baseball’s ultimate prize again this year; though building for the future and saving salary cap space is also of primary importance.

Will last year’s defeat hinder the Los Angeles Dodgers this time around? Mentally, you could argue that Roberts’ side are well placed to cope with that loss. Bouncing back at the first time of asking won’t be easy but, if anyone can do it, the Dodgers can. Watch this space, Los Angeles is made of stern stuff and a World Series victory is just around the corner.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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