The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to be one of Major League Baseball’s winningest teams this season, at least if you believe the early prognostications. Baseball analyst Jason Stark from ESPN.com's 'MLB's 5 Most and Least Improved Teams" to Vegas odds specialist Steve Mikkelson predict that the Dodgers will have one of the highest regular season win totals in the game.
Accurately projecting regular season wins is an inexact science at best. The dozens of predictions you are sure to read between now and March 31 are even less reliable (read this article from FanGraphs which explains the difference between projections and predictions in great detail).
Given all the variables that affect the outcome of a 162-game season, I won't be flying out to Vegas in the coming weeks to lay money on this. But that won’t stop me from risking my journalistic integrity by boldly predicting a rosy outcome for the Dodgers during the regular season.
My prediction is largely based on the regular season results of similarly-constructed teams from the past five seasons. That leads to the obvious question of which teams over that time span were built like the Dodgers?
So just how giddy should Los Angeles fans be with Opening Day soon approaching? Let's see what the recent data tells us.