LOS ANGELES — The World’s Series is still on the minds of most people, and most of them are still wondering if it’ll ever happen.
So many people have wondered, how did we get here?
And will we see any kind of real excitement at all?
The answer to those questions is: “Oh, the Dodgers won.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to get their hands on a championship-caliber team by winning their division, and that’s a testament to the quality of the organization, but the Dodgers did it by acquiring a very talented group of players.
Here’s a look at a few of the Dodgers top acquisitions, including the team’s biggest impact players: -Lance Berkman, 1B: Berkman will be the most obvious name on the Dodgers’ team.
The Dodgers are loaded with outfielders and position players, and he has been one of the best in the game at hitting and playing defense for years.
The 33-year-old hit .288 with 15 homers, a .711 OPS, and 19 stolen bases over 1,500 games with the Texas Rangers last season.
Berkman has shown flashes of being one of baseball’s premier hitters, but he needs to make it a consistent thing to make an impact.
Berkmen has the ability to play left field, third base, and center field.
He is a power hitter who can hit a homer and steal bases.
He’s an average defender at the plate.
Berkmann has always been known for his ability to hit and play defense, but this is an exciting time for him, because he can become a top hitter in the National League.
-Joe Blanton, OF: Blanton is the best offensive player on the team, but it’s his defense that’s been the real surprise of the season.
He was the team leader in defensive runs saved, batting average against, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.
Blanton also finished the year with an OPS of .946.
The 22-year old has a plus arm that’s an improvement from last season, and it’s been his defensive play that has helped the Dodgers stay in the playoff hunt.
Blanton has been a big contributor to the offense and has been able to steal bases at a high level.
Blants defense has been an important component of the team.
He has the speed to hit with the ball in his hands, and his glove has helped him get on base, hit for power, and drive in runs.
He finished the season with a batting average of .297, and a slugging average of 22.8.
He played in all 162 games.
-Cameron Maybin, SS: Maybin’s offensive skills were on full display in the postseason, as he led the National Leagues with eight homers, 21 stolen bases, a slash line of .321/.387/.521, and OPS of 1.082.
The 23-year of age lefty is a big hitter who has a lot of power and a strong glove.
His power was on full show in the playoffs, as his 17 homers in 24 games in the ALDS led the majors.
Maybin has had some trouble finding his game at the big league level, but his performance at the MLB level shows that he’s going to get better.
-Juan Uribe, OF (R): Uribe is another key addition for the Dodgers, as the 27-year olds speedster had a strong postseason.
He hit three home runs and drove in two runs in 10 games for the Giants in the NLDS.
The 27-inch center fielder is a speedster, but can hit for average and average power, which helps him stay on the field.
His glove is very good, and Uribe has been great at taking care of the baseball.
He led the NL with 13 stolen bases.
-Tyler Skaggs, OF/DH: Skagg.
Skagg is another big-time addition to the Dodgers lineup.
He had a career year in 2017, hitting .291 with 17 homers and a slash rate of .344/.406/.742.
Skgg had the best season of his career in 2018, batting .305 with 18 homers and 26 stolen bases in his final season.
Skogg’s defensive skills are an upgrade over his career numbers, as Skagg has shown an improved eye for the ball and a willingness to go to the outfield.
Skag was a big part of the Giants success in the World Series.
He made a lot more plays than the usual outfield defenders, and also played a lot in the outfield and hit well in both areas.
-Chris Hatcher, RHP: Hatcher had a great year in 2018.
He pitched to a 2.84 ERA with 13 saves in 34 games.
Hatcher has shown his arm in his short stints, showing the ability