Greetings True Blue Faithful
Once again we find ourselves on the eve of opening day and another Dodgers season. Seems like an appropriate time to weigh in with our 2012 season predictions.
Last year Bear was the closest with a 79-83 prediction.
Beav at 75 wins and DodgerEric at 72 were the front runners until the last 6 week surge by the youngsters, Loney, Lilly, and Rivera.
I’m sure you’ve all been reading the leading blogs and their predictions. Most have the Dodgers winning between 81 and 86 games and finishing 2nd or 3rd in the NL West and missing the playoffs.
Could this team win 88-90 games and make the playoffs? Sure, anything is possible, if everything goes just right.
It just isn’t very probable in my opinion. Too many questions and holes. This team has alot of big time suck potential. The Ned effect…..
I don’t look for any drastic moves by the new ownership right out of the chute. Unfortunately, I think Ned will survive until after the season and be replaced this fall..
I am optimistic that the better baseball minds coming in with the new ownership will have the final say on any deals he wants to make, thus preventing anymore of his bonehead trades and deals going forward….
My biggest questions are:
How long do Ned and Donnie stick with Uribe at 3rd if he continues to stink it up, and,
what are we going to get from Billz?
I’m not very optimistic about either one of them right now.
I think our success on offense hinges on how well Gordon and MEllis set the table for Kemp, and how well the combination of Ethier, Rivera, and Loney protect him.
On the pitching side, we really need one of the starters to emerge as a solid #2. I don’t think it will be Billz.
Also, on the pitching side, the middle of the bullpen with Guerrier, MacDooDoo, Coffey, and Wright makes me very nervous.
Last year we were atrocious hitting with runners on base and also with allowing inherited runners to score.
These two areas need to improve drastically for this team to sniff the playoffs…..
All in all, I think this is a .500 team. I think we will go 81-81 and finish 3rd in the division and miss the playoffs.
Gonna be a tough year but better seasons are coming once the new ownership is in place and Ned and his crap signings are gone….
I hope we do much better and I will be pulling for all of our guys to have great years.
OK, its your turn.. How are you all feeling about the upcoming season?