MLB: Move Over New York, Los Angeles is the New Mecca for Baseball
Laker fans forget about the rest of the basketball season and starting counting down the days to Spring Training.
This past week for both Los Angeles baseball teams was a good one. For the Dodgers, they went out and got the top pitching free agent Zack Greinke to a six-year deal worth approximately $147 million dollars. They also signed Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. They now have a rotation that consists of Clayton Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu. Add Matt Kemp with Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez (who they got from Boston last year) and Hanley Ramirez (from Miami) the Dodgers roster is loaded.
However, the Los Angeles Angels might have outshined the Dodgers. The Angels last year acquired Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. We also saw the emergence of Mike Trout who won the AL Rookie of the Year last year. The Angels acquired another big bat on Thursday when they acquired slugger Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal worth $125 million.
Both teams are spending money like it’s going out of style. Is that what it’s going to take for both of these teams to go to the World Series? To me, no. Look at the two teams that played last year. The San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers made it to the World Series last year because of pitching, both starting and bullpen.
The Dodgers may have the edge in pitching; however the bullpen is still weak. The Angels have three big bats; however outside of Wilson and Jered Weaver have no solid pitching especially with both Ervin Santana and Dan Haren both on different teams (Royals and Nationals respectfully).
Both L.A. teams look impressive on paper, but until both teams step onto the field and play through the ups and downs of a full baseball season, we can only speculate that these two are the favorites to play in the World Series.
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