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Freddie Freeman Not Panicking About Dodgers Up and Down Start to Season

We’re 16 games into the 162 game season and, the Dodgers are absolutely not on pace to match last season’s franchise record 111 wins. Not that this year’s team was expected to. Still, at 8-8 and sitting at .500, the middling start to the season isn’t phasing the team just yet.

Star first baseman Freddie Freeman talked about the up and down campaign so far after Sunday afternoon’s loss believing LA’s best baseball still lies ahead.

“It’s [16] games in, that’s making a big comparison from this year to last year. I just feel like we haven’t got going. When we pitch we don’t hit. When we hit we don’t pitch. It’s just kind of been all over the place the first two weeks. Luckily we’ve still got six more months.”

In 6 of the 8 losses, the offense has scored 3 or fewer runs. In the other 2, the pitching staff allowed a total of 23 runs. Heading into the series with the Cubs, the bullpen was the bigger concern at the time, now three days later, it’s the offense.

There’s an annoying saying fans have when their team isn’t winning every game to open the season… it’s still early. In this case, the adage fits perfectly. After an offseason of significant roster turnover and a spring training where parts of the team were scattered playing in the World Baseball Classic, this is a group of players still figuring things out together.

The Dodgers will face their biggest test of the season yet as they welcome the $300 million New York Mets to Dodger Stadium for three games. It’s still early, but it’s a great opportunity to see what this club is made of. At least as of right now.

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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