Dylan Hernández: Overlooked parts of Dodgers' roster could jeopardize World Series aspirations

Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times on

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Now that federal investigators say they have solved the Mystery of the Missing Millions, Shohei Ohtani can focus entirely on baseball matters.

Such as whether his team can actually win a World Series.

These Dodgers are what they were expected to be — to a degree. Counting Ohtani, they have four of the best hitters in baseball. In Tyler Glasnow, they have a very good pitcher who can be great if he stays healthy.

Those aren’t their concerns. Their problems are in the previously overlooked parts of the roster.

They have an extremely top-heavy lineup. They have an unreliable bullpen. They have a shaky defense.

These shortcomings are why they have dropped three of their five games against the San Diego Padres, including a 6-3 defeat on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.


The Dodgers have played one other National League team that was in playoff contention last year, the Chicago Cubs, and were beaten by them twice in a three-game series earlier this month.

This isn’t to say the Dodgers won’t win their division.

They should.

This isn’t to say the Dodgers won’t win 100 games again.


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