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Pablo Sandoval

Big difference isn't big hits for Dodgers

Big difference isn't big hits for Dodgers

The Washington Nationals were going to run away with the National League East. The Boston Red Sox wisely dropped $200 million on Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. The new-look Dodgers had no power.

So much for Christmas wisdom.

The Nationals are a mess, the Red Sox a disaster. The Dodgers are in first place, but with this curious conundrum: how far they advance this season could depend on how much they can tame their reliance on hitting home runs.

Their overreliance, really.

The Dodgers are the best National League team at hitting home runs and, according to Fangraphs, the worst at running the bases. That could be a devastating combination in a pennant stretch...