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Los Angeles Dodgers Season Preview – 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Season Preview – 2012

Analysis of the 2011 season
The Dodgers were a gloriously average team last year, finishing the season 82-79 and coming in 3rd in the NL West. In many of the main statistics the Dodgers were also in the middle of the pack, including batting average (12th in the league), on base percentage (14th), and saves (16th). That said the Dodgers also have a lot of things that went well last season to build off of. They committed only 85 errors on the season (5th best in the league) and had a team pitching ERA of 3.54 (5th). Where the team seemed to fall short was on offense however, only scoring 644 runs (21st in the league). While this is far from the worst in the MLB (and earned them a +32 in runs differential), it’s also something that, if improved significantly, will make the Dodgers a playoff team in 2012.

Analysis of the offseason
Overshadowed by the cross-town success of the Angels this offseason, the Dodgers still made some significantly good moves without changing the successful core of their team. The signing of star OF Matt Kemp to an 8-year deal was perhaps the biggest win for the Dodgers as Kemp is a guaranteed superstar hitting the prime of his career. Resigning Andre Ethier and James Loney were also good moves, and the 2-year deal reached with pitcher Clayton Kershaw (their best arm) was vital to keeping the Dodgers’ fantastic pitching staff intact. Signing Aaron Harang from free agency, a past strikeout and wins champion in the National League, was probably the biggest splash they made out of resigning players.

Analysis of the 2012 season
There are a few tough stretches that will determine the success of the Dodgers this year. In late June they’ll have to go on the road for two series, first against the Angels and then against the rival Giants, that will be key to keeping or regaining momentum for the heart of the season. 4 or 5 wins from those 6 games will go a long way to helping the Dodgers’ confidence as they go up against the reeling Mets and Reds after that. Wining those initial series would mean almost a month of wins and playoff implications that could be the make or break part of the year. The last 3 series for the Dodgers are on the road at San Diego, at home against the Rockies, and at home against the Giants again. A strong finish may just mean a wildcard berth in a tough division led by the Diamondbacks.

Key Players
As mentioned, Matt Kemp is the star of this team. The leader in batting average, home runs, rbi’s, on base percentage, stolen bases and hits, Kemp’s signing means that the Dodgers not only believe that he will be successful in the future but also the cornerstone of their franchise. Kemp has publicly said that he intends to steal 50 bases and hit 50 home runs this season, something that has never been done in the MLB before. If can somehow accomplish this (or even come close) the Dodgers will be looking at a much better season this year as opposed to last. Kershaw is also an invaluable member of the team, leading the team in ERA, wins, and strikeouts. His performance may just be the key for the pitching of the Dodgers to become one of the best staffs in the league.

Prediction
The Dodgers are largely going to be the same team next year and, due to their young age and decent performance last season, will probably be a bit better in 2012. With the man that could be the league MVP on their side and a year of keeping the core of their players together I don’t foresee a fantastic team, but a team that will win more 5-10 more games than last season. This might win the NL West if the D-Backs and Giants both underperform, but I don’t think it will.

Prediction = 87-75, 2nd in the NL West

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Tue, Apr 10
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Pirates Tickets
Opening Day / 50th Anniversary of Dodger Stadium

Wed, Apr 11
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Pirates Tickets
Clayton Kershaw Cy Young Replica*
Cy Young Award Presentation

Fri, Apr 13
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Apr 14
6:10 pm “>Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Dodger Stadium Replica*
Presented By State Farm

Sun, Apr 15
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Kids Jackie Robinson Sweatbands
Presented By Melissa’s Produce
Kids Run the Bases
Viva Los Dodgers

Tue, Apr 24
7:10 pm “>Dodgers Vs Braves Tickets
Sleeved Blanket*
Presented By Natural Balance Pet Foods

Fri, Apr 27
7:10 pm “>Dodgers Vs Nationals Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Apr 28
6:10 pm Dodgers Vs Nationals Tickets
Bobblehead #1: Don Drysdale and Maury Wills
Presented By Bank of America

Sun, Apr 29
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Nationals Tickets
Kids Clayton Kershaw Replica Jersey
Presented By Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream
Kids Run the Bases
Viva Los Dodgers
Presented By State Farm, Chevrolet, and Time Warner Cable

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May

Mon, May 7
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Giants Tickets
Cooler Bag*
Presented By Time Warner Cable

Fri, May 11
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Rockies Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, May 13
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Rockies Tickets
Mother’s Day Tote Bag**

Tue, May 15
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs D-backs Tickets
Bobblehead #2: Orel Hershiser

Fri, May 18
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Cardinals Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, May 19
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Cardinals Tickets
Dodger Stadium FanFest
Presented By State Farm

Sun, May 20
5:00 pm Dodgers Vs Cardinals Tickets
Kids Power Necklace

Fri, May 25
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Astros Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, May 26
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Astros Tickets
Natural Balance Bark in the Park

Sun, May 27
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Astros Tickets
Kids Run the Bases

Mon, May 28
5:10 pm Dodgers Vs Brewers Tickets
$1 Dodger Dogs

Tue, May 29
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Brewers Tickets
Bobblehead #3: “The Infield” (Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, Ron Cey)

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June
Mon, Jun 11
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Angels Tickets
Dodger T-Shirt*

Tue, Jun 12
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Angels Tickets
Bobblehead #4: Mike Scioscia
Presented By State Farm

Fri, Jun 15
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs White Sox Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Jun 17
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs White Sox Tickets
Father’s Day Sports Bag**

Thu, Jun 28
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Mets Tickets
Bobblehead #5: Eric Karros

Fri, Jun 29
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Mets Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jun 30
4:15 pm Dodgers Vs Mets Tickets
On-Field Photo Day

* All giveaways and event dates are subject to change

July
Sun, Jul 1
TBD Dodgers Vs Mets Tickets
Hello Kitty Mini Bobblehead
Kids Run the Bases

Tue, Jul 3
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Reds Tickets
Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary LA Cap*

Wed, Jul 4
6:10 pm Dodgers Vs Reds Tickets
4th of July Fireworks

Fri, Jul 13
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jul 14
6:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Bobblehead #6: Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston
Presented By Bank of America

Sun, Jul 15
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Kids Run the Bases
MLB Network Drawstring Bag*

Tue, Jul 17
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Phillies Tickets
Beach Chair*

Tue, Jul 31
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs D-backs Tickets
Bobblehead #7: Kirk Gibson

* All giveaways and event dates are subject to change

August

Fri, Aug 3
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Cubs Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Aug 5
TBD Dodgers Vs Cubs Tickets
Snapback Cap*
Kids Run the Bases

Tue, Aug 7
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Rockies Tickets
Bobblehead #8: Sandy Koufax

Tue, Aug 21
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Giants Tickets
Bobblehead #9: Fernando Valenzuela

Fri, Aug 24
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Marlins Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Aug 26
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Marlins Tickets
Kids Back to School Backpack
Kids Run the Bases

Thu, Aug 30
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs D-backs Tickets
Bobblehead #10: Vin Scully

Fri, Aug 31
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs D-backs Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

* All giveaways and event dates are subject to change

September

Sun, Sep 2
5:10 pm Dodgers Vs D-backs Tickets
Kids Run the Bases
Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Sep 3
5:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
$1 Dodger Dogs

Tue, Sep 4
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Padres Tickets
Matt Kemp Replica Jersey*

Thu, Sep 13
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Cardinals Tickets
Fleece Blanket*

Fri, Sep 14
7:10 pm Dodgers vs Cardinals Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Sep 16
TBD Dodgers Vs Cardinals Tickets
Kids Run the Bases

Fri, Sep 28
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Rockies Tickets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Sep 29
TBD Dodgers Vs Rockies Tickets
La Gran Fiesta – Viva Los Dodgers

Sun, Sep 30
1:10 pm Dodgers Vs Rockies Tickets
Fan Appreciation Day

* All giveaways and event dates are subject to change

October
Tue, Oct 2
7:10 pm Dodgers Vs Giants Tickets
Dodger Giveaway Night

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