Dodgers: Biggest X-Factors Heading into the Postseason
The Dodgers are the most loaded team in baseball.
From the lineup to the rotation to the bullpen to the bench, everyone can make a major impact on this team come postseason time. Heck, even the coaches can be thrown onto that list.
With so many players (and coaches) to choose from, fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on who the Dodgers’ biggest postseason X-Factor will be. The experts at Dodgers Nation gave their thoughts, too.
Dodgers Biggest X-Factors That Will Decide if LA Will Win the World Series!
You can’t really go wrong choosing anyone on the team. From Mookie Betts to Alex Vesia to Dave Roberts, any single guy can make game-changing plays (or I guess decisions in Roberts’ case).
I went with Max Muncy, because the Dodgers clearly missed him last postseason.
Who do you think is the Dodgers postseason X-factor?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 8, 2022
They missed the pop in his bat in the middle of the lineup. They missed the potential for a game-changing home run with any swing. And they missed him protecting the top guys in the lineup.
This year, with Betts, Turner, Freeman and Smith manning the top four spots, Muncy’s protection in the 5-hole will be even more valuable. And, like Dave Roberts said, when Muncy is going, everyone feeds off of it.
Here are some responses from users on Twitter.
— _ryan ???? (@ryanatanner) September 8, 2022
Pitching… May. None of our potential NLDS rivals (aside from SD and maybe STL) have seen him pitch and he can be our 3rd started if catman isn’t built up by October and Kersh stays healthy. Batting… Thompson, he’s just gotta improve his approach with lefties.
— Zé Bleu (@strpsrchLA) September 8, 2022
Muncy for hitting Julio for pitching! #AlwaysLA
— Janet Massaglia-French ????????? (@gbgirl3333) September 8, 2022
Trea – Needs to shake postseason struggles
Muncy – hitting stride during postseason would be huge
Kershaw – Desperately need an ace for this postseason. He’s got to step up. W/ all due respect to Tony & Tyler, we need a true seasoned #1 and Kersh has to be it
— LA Fan (@BleedLAblue) September 8, 2022
Who’s your X-Factor for this upcoming postseason? Leave it in the comments below!
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Pitching staff health hurt last year and is approaching catastrophic unless somebody actually returns to form after an injury. Kersh is the only one so far. Hudson, Treinen, and Graterol are huge back end losses. Bueler out, Gonsolin is a question mark, can Kersh’s back hold up through the playoffs. None of the scheduled returns have held up. Are they sugarcoating the injuries? Treinen sounds like the medical people all said the injury needed a surgical repair, if it is reinsured he won’t be back this year. Position players and offense are not the issue, pitching is the problem now.
Thompson & Muncy
Kersh & May