The Dodgers are already in the middle of a weird enough year as it is. Add in the fact that MLB’s trade deadline is just 9 days away and things start to feel very strange. The league moved back the deadline to August 31st as part of the 60-game season plan implemented to start the season.
Roberts talked with Dodgers media members ahead of Friday night’s game and was asked about the deadline. Doc was asked how conversations with President of Baseball Operations have been this year approaching the deadline as opposed to last year.
Considerably less. This is sort of sneaking up on me. Probably not so much Andrew and his staff. But I don’t know if it’s the lack of anticipation, the lack of need when you look at our ballclub. But obviously Andrew and the baseball ops guys, they’re going to be kicking tires til the end and seeing if there’s anything on the margins that we can get better. I can’t sit here and say what we need or what I think because I think because I think we’re in a good spot.
Offensively, the Dodgers rank as one of the best teams in baseball in run production. Sure they don’t hit all that well against left-handed pitching, but they’re still also waiting for key guys to find their swing.
The Dodgers also rank number one in staff ERA in the National League. Their bullpen is solid thanks to a few unexpected contributors, and their starting rotation has rally started to find their groove. So really, what’s left to add?
Roberts admitted that he felt the Dodgers were in a really good spot, and their record would also back that up. This short season has flown by, and the trade deadline snuck up on us all.