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Dodgers Fans Predict Season Win Total for LA in 2023

Our long, weird Dodgers offseason is nearly over, with spring training kicking off in the next week or so. It’s hard to say exactly when, because there’s the pitchers and catchers date like always, but there’s an earlier date for players participating in the World Baseball Classic, and some people don’t consider it real until games actually start in a couple weeks. But one way or another, the offseason will end, and it will have been weird.

Los Angeles didn’t play in the deep end of the free-agency pool, instead hanging out in the shallow end and picking off a Noah Syndergaard or Shelby Miller here and a JD Martinez or David Peralta there. But between the few additions they made, which seem like smart moves, and the young players ready to make their mark, LA is projected to be neck-and-neck with the Padres in the National League West.

We asked Dodger fans to predict how many games the team will win this season, and the answers have been all over the board. There’s still time to get your vote in if you haven’t yet, but at the time of this writing, just over 3,000 fans have voted.

As of now, about two-thirds of fans believe the teams will win 91-99 games, with the percentages pretty evenly split between 91-94 and 95-99. The pessimists and the ultra-optimists are pretty evenly split, too, with equal numbers expecting fewer than 91 wins and 100 or more wins.

The Dodgers won 111 games last year, but they lost Justin Turner, Trea Turner, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Tommy Kahnle, and Chris Martin in free agency this winter. On the other hand, they also lost Cody Bellinger and Craig Kimbrel, so that kind of makes up for the good players they lost. Still, even if LA were returning every player from last year’s team, it would be crazy to expect another 111-win season. There was bound to be a drop-off, and the main question is how much.

Los Angeles still has a very talented team, spearheaded by Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Will Smith. Max Muncy hopes to have a fully healthy, productive season, and Chris Taylor looks to bounce back from his worst season in LA. The additions of Martinez and Peralta certainly help the lineup, and if Gavin Lux can hit the way he did in 2022 before his neck injury, things are looking very nice. Miguel Vargas will play regularly and should hit in the big leagues, and James Outman will likely get quite a few at-bats in the outfield.

On the pitching side, the Dodgers are replacing Anderson and Heaney with Syndergaard and Dustin May, which has potential to swing in 2023’s favor.

Overall, it’s not hard at all to see this team winning 100-105 games this year. Somewhere in the 90s is probably more likely, just because somewhere in the 90s is always more likely than somewhere in the 100s. But the Dodgers have a good team.

Pretty soon, we’ll get to see that team on the field. Until then, we’ll wait impatiently.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. A lot of fans seem to have caught a SEVERE case of amnesia when it comes to Max Muncy. He showed the last 2 months of the season that he’s still elite when healthy. And he’s fully healthy now. You can bank on him putting up yet another 35 homer season.

    I’ll give people a break for forgetting about CT3 though…he was god awful last year but was injured as well. If there’s any possibility of him cutting down the K rate he will be a huge asset to this team.

    And then the wild card to me is JD Martinez. I had no clue he is only 35. I thought he was like 37 or 38. But he had an elite first half last year then fell off a cliff. With something to play for this year, I have no doubt he will be a huge part of this offense and solidify himself into that cleanup role.

    With all that said, I’m saying 94-68. The lineup will be miles better than people think it will be. The defense is a big TBD. And the pitching is just fine. Is anybody expecting anything other than an ERA under 3.50 for Syndergaard? Because we all know Prior works magic on these guys. And the bullpen is solid. Like really solid. You can easily make the argument it’s the best bullpen in baseball, even without a set closer.

    But more than anything, I trust the Dodgers FO when it comes to a 162 game marathon. The problem is that I have next to no faith in the franchise when it comes to the all important one month sprint. And the Dodgers desperately need to ace that one month sprint this year.

    Everybody will be picking those big spending Padres to come out of the West and I love it. Let the Dodgers sail along under the radar. Maybe they just need to be underestimated for once.

  2. You didn’t mention the one big factor, our fearless seer of a leader “DOC” . He will famously lead us to under perform and not get anywhere near the world series AGAIN….

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