One of the reasons the 1988 championship team was such a surprising winner is because they really didn't have a ton of offensive firepower. The Oakland A's were heavily favored to win that series, and rightfully so.
In 1988, the best hitters on the Dodgers were Steve Sax, Kirk Gibson and Mike Marshall. The three combined for 50 homers, 215 RBI and 77 stolen bases that year. They also boasted some above-average seasons from the likes of John Shelby and Mike Scioscia.
That being said, the overall team totals were pretty meager. As a team, the Dodgers hit .248 and hit less than 100 homers. Luckily, they knew how to play a little small ball.
Held up against even average projected numbers for the 2013 team, that 1988 squad falls well short. Even with Matt Kemp missing significant time, and only six weeks from Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers smacked 116 homers and hit for a team average of .252 last season.
Gonzalez alone averages a line of .294, 29 homers and 103 RBI in most full seasons. Ramirez is good for a .298 average, 24 homers and 80 RBI. And we all know what Kemp and Andre Ethier can do.
The Dodgers started three players in Game 1 of the 1988 Series who had on-base percentages that were well-below .300 for that season, including shortstop Alfredo Griffin who hit for a .199 average that year.
Given that Mark Ellis, A.J. Ellis and Luis Cruz's 2012 seasons all would have been one of the better overall performances on the 1988 World Series team, we can safely pick a winner in this category.
Edge: 2013 Dodgers