I want you to consider a few questions and how you would have answered them on January 20, 2010:
- If I had told you that James Loney would hit more home runs than Andre Ethier in 2010, would you have probably felt pretty good about the 2010 season?
- If I had told you that RDLR would reach the majors and display some of the most nasty stuff Dodger fans have seen, would you have probably felt pretty good about the 2010 season?
- If I had told you that what was to be three-fourths of the 2010 starting Dodger infield, namely Casey Blake, Juan Uribe and Rafael Furcal, would have 609 combined at bats, would you have probably felt pretty bad about the 2010 season?
- If I had told you that Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw would be the NL MVP and NL Cy Young award winner, would you have probably felt pretty good about the 2010 season?
- If I had told you that MacDougal, Kershaw, Guerra, Elbert, Lindblom and Jansen would all have ERA’s below 2.85, would you have probably felt pretty good about the 2010 season?
OK, there’s a lot more things we could talk about, but who the heck knew any of that? If you had predicted any of those things, you would have been immediately institutionalized! OK, maybe since I should be institutionalized, I’ll make 5 predictions:
- Juan Uribe will either have a career year or will spend most of the season on the DL – I can’t decide which one it is.
- Tim Federowicz will be the Dodgers starting catcher before the season is over.
- Mark Ellis will get off to a hot start and play in his first All-Star Game.
- Matt Kemp will have an even better year than he had in 2010.
- Chris Capuano and Haron Harang will win 29 games – Combined!
Have at it…
Finally, I had a reader send me this:
“This from writer Jason Stark. Thought you would be interested:
• As Buster Olney has mentioned recently, if Hamels does reach free agency, the Dodgers will be perfectly positioned to make it worth his while. It’s amazing, in fact, how much other teams fear the Dodgers’ potential spending power once their new owner is in place. Remember, L.A. has only TWO players on the roster signed beyond 2013 — Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley.
“Next year this time,” said an exec of one team, “the Dodgers will be THE team calling up every marquee free agent. They’re going to have serious money. They’ll be the Yankees West. They can just look at that free-agent list and cherry-pick whoever they want. And why would anyone not want to go there? They’ll be the sleeping giant in free agency next year.”