How to Get to the Playoffs
Wouldn’t it be nice to clinch the division before the Dodgers have to play the Giants again? The Dodgers would basically need to keep pace with the Giants over the next five series (16 games for the Dodgers and 15 games for the Giants). The only apparent road block to that plan is the series with the Pirates. Other than, of course, the Dodgers hitting woes, bullpen weakness, and growing injury list.
Likely Playoff Matchups
If all goes according to plan (the better teams all win), the Dodgers will have to beat the Mets, the Cards, and the Royals to get the World Series rings. None of those teams have super strong splits against left-handed pitchers, so a rotation of Kershaw, Greinke, Anderson, and Wood should do just fine.
Weak Spots on the Team
- Hitting – Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasmani Grandal are all mired in deep, deep hitting slumps.
- Bullpen – Is Chris Hatcher really the eighth inning setup man? Can he get the job done?
- Which of our injured players will be back and ready for the playoffs? Jimmy Rollins? Howie Kendrick? Kike Hernandez? Yasiel Puig?
- Lineups – If Turner isn’t hitting, can Corey Seager start at third base against right handed starting pitchers?