In a similar position to last year with another first-round bye, the Dodgers’ process leading up to the NLDS won’t change according to their top executive.
Speaking on his roster’s mentality headed into their layoff for the Wild Card, Andrew Friedman stated the need to continue working even through some nervous anticipation of the team’s next opponent.
“I think it gets a lot to the specific group. I mean, there are obvious things that you want to make sure and check the boxes of, depending on your pitching staff and who’s pitched in that final weekend. You know, making sure to keep our arms live, making sure our position players get the live at-bats. We had a pretty good thing last year and like anything and everything, we’re taking the good from that continuing to adapt and evolve and involving some of our veteran players to help do that. But, you know, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, I think we’ll have a lot of competition and things going on here and trying to figure out some stakes to add just a little bit of adrenaline and that extra level of focus to try to get those reps in and be ready for Saturday.”via Sportsnet LA
Dave Roberts’ proclaimed 2022 World Series champions couldn’t even beat their little brother to the south, bowing out of the NLDS in four games to a red-hot Padres team in a 111-win season.
Unwilling to give anybody bulletin board material this year, Roberts’ managerial job amidst injuries and off-field concerns still resulted in a divisional crown in another likely 100-win campaign under his belt with one week remaining.
Much of that can be attributed to Friedman’s calculated moves at the trade deadline as his many great additions have propelled LA to the best record in baseball since August.
Now in the driver’s seat once again, the Dodgers know they can’t take any opponent for granted acting as the proverbial underdog for the first time in many years.
As the Braves have dominated MLB all year long, LA settling for the second seed may stand to benefit them in the end.
Getting to avoid the Phillies in the first round this season, Milwaukee or a number of teams vying for the sixth seed in the NL will be the Dodgers’ first postseason test for 2023.
Hoping for another World Series victory this season, avenging their 2022 season will certainly be on the minds of many in the Dodgers organization.
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