The Dodgers have a talent-laden lineup, stars in the rotation, closers galore and the biggest payroll in baseball.
“It’s World Series or bust,”
That's been the theme, right? Pieces were put into place to win, and the goal was the ultimate in baseball. In a remarkably short time the Dodgers' new owners remade a roster with elite players, the focus on capturing the franchise's first World Series title since 1988.
Only now you have to wonder if the Dodgers' desire to have it both ways — win now while simultaneously rebuilding the farm system — might not cost them their best chance at winning this season.
The strength of their team this year has been the rotation, a rotation that now features Kershaw, sore-elbowed
The Dodgers tried to have it both ways and the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too routine just might cost them a rare World Series.
At some point the Dodgers said they would transition from an organization that went out and spent big to acquire talent to a franchise that developed it from within.
I guess that time is now. It came more quickly that most probably anticipated.
The Dodgers made no significant signing or trade in the off-season. They gambled they already had enough to win. And then when the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline found the Dodgers 3½ games up in the standings, they passed.
Significant starting pitchers were dealt —
They were unwilling to trade a little future for the present. That's counter to the approach of supposedly putting together a team meant to win now.
The Dodgers couldn’t know
Right now they have a makeshift rotation that isn't going to scare anyone when it's not Kershaw's turn. Maybe Greinke's elbow recovers just fine and Ryu returns in time for the stretch drive and they all live happily ever after.