Before this season, MLB.com predicted that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense would be weakened by the departures of Justin Turner, Trea Turner, and Cody Bellinger.
The Dodgers are once again one of the best offenses in the majors.
David Perelta, Jason Heyward, James Outman, and J.D. Martinez are filling the void perfectly, MLB.com wrote on Monday.
They went on to say that all the moves the Dodgers made in the offseason have worked out well.
As for the San Diego Padres, MLB.com assumed that their current star power would be enough.
They were wrong.
MLB.com pointed out that the offense, which features All-Star caliber players like Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, is far out of the playoff picture.
“You could call it a bit of luck when you factor in run differentials and close games, but it goes deeper than that,” MLB.com said, explaining that the imbalance in San Diego’s roster has caused a lot of problems.
“San Diego has the players to be a top 5-10 team on any team. But based on their current record, they’re not even in the top 40, let alone 26th.”
MLB.com also picked the New York Mets to reach the World Series this season.
The reasoning was sound. They had added Justin Verlander and Senga Kodai to bolster their rotation, and their core of Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo was holding up.
But disaster struck before the season even began when closer Edwin Diaz tore his right patellar tendon in the WBC. 메이저사이트
The team struggled from the start of the season and by the time they finished 81 games, they were 36-45, 17.5 games behind the NL East-leading Braves and nine games behind the Dodgers for the final wild-card spot.
The Mets eventually gave up on playoff contention and traded away Verlander, Max Scherzer, Tommy Pham, Mark Canha, and David Robertson.