August 4, 2021

Assessing the Dodgers Path to an 8th Consecutive NL West Crown (Dodgers Nation)

In less than 90 days, the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their quest for an eighth consecutive division title. Even including 2016 and 2018, when the Dodgers took the NL West title by the skin of their teeth, they have won the division by an average of almost 9 games. There isn’t another team in the league that can boast that dominant of a run.

Will the competition be stiffer in 2020?

Who Got Better?

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 2019 Record: 85-77
  • ERA: 12th in MLB (4.25)
  • Runs Scored: 11th in MLB (813)

The Diamondbacks finished four games out of the NL Wildcard last year as a team that was good in many departments, but not great in any one. After trading away Zach Greinke to the Astros this past July, they went out and signed bonafide ace Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner should re-solidify the top of the rotation along with Robbie Ray and the up-and-coming Zach Gallen (2.89 ERA in 8 starts). There’s a lot of tread on the MadBum tires, but he’s still a pitcher no one wants to face in the fall.

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