2015 Record: 92-70
Runs Per Game: 4.10 (19th)
Team ERA: 3.44 (5th)
Run Differential: +72 (7th)
What Went Right:
Justin Turner’s 2014 was not a fluke as he was pretty good last year too. Adrian Gonzalez was solid in the middle of the lineup again. Young newcomers, Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal, and Kike Hernandez all played well at times.
Clayton Kerhsaw pitched like Clayton Kershaw, as did Zack Greinke. Kenley Jansen was great as closer again.
What Went Wrong:
Jimmy Rollins was a bust at shortstop. He just couldn’t hit anymore. Carl Crawford’s production dropped again and he missed a lot of time with injury anyways. Yasiel Puig missed half the season and when he did play he wasn’t his usual self.
Outside of Kerhsaw and Greinke, the rotation didn’t contribute too much. Brett Anderson and Mike Bolsinger were solid but 16 guys in total ended up making starts for the Dodgers.
Player to Watch?:
Brandon McCarthy got hurt after 4 poor starts. He wasn’t the difference maker that the Dodgers had hoped for.
There’s Always Next Year:
Greinke is gone but the Dodgers should still be a contender next year with a full season of top prospect Corey Seager.
How Did We Do:
It wasn’t bold to predict a good season from the Dodgers but maybe we were a little too optimistic. 92 wins is still different from 96.