Dodgers, David Freese don’t give a ‘s—’ about last season

first_imgLos Angeles is thinking about 2019 and how good it can be in the here and now.“What’s the point in even dwelling on this stuff? And I’m even talking to myself, because I dwell on stuff all the time,” infielder David Freese told The Athletic. “We’re just as good if not better than last year, and that doesn’t even necessarily matter. It’s a different season. Who gives a s—?” Related News The Dodgers are moving on.They don’t care that they’ve been to — and lost — the last two World Series, and they aren’t worried about people saying they’ll regress this season.  The Dodgers have a lot of questions coming into 2019: How is Clayton Kershaw’s health? Will Rich Hill be able to perform in his age-39 season? How will Corey Seager bounce back from Tommy John surgery? Can Walker Buehler be this team’s ace?All the while they have a Rockies team breathing down their neck with good, young pitching and one of the best players in the game in Nolan Arenado.People are understandably wondering if this is the year Los Angeles won’t win the division for the first time in nearly a decade, but the team is more concerned with getting off to a good start.After the Dodgers’ seven-game loss to the Astros in the 2017 World Series, they didn’t play the way it wanted to out of the gate. Los Angeles started 2018 with a 4-9 record and fell as many as nine games under .500 on May 17. The Dodgers had to dig out of a hole to eventually win the West in a one-game playoff with the Rockies.Los Angeles is conscious of last year’s start and wants to do all it can to avoid a similar fate.“You just played games that were so important not that long ago, and now you’re playing a Tuesday game in Milwaukee or whatever,” pitcher Ross Stripling said. “How do you get that fired up for it? You gotta find a way. I think last year we got punched in the mouth a little bit early. We had a target on our back, and that target is still there.”The Dodgers are still really, really good.Cody Bellinger had a bad 2018 but still hit .260 with 25 home runs. Buehler was the team’s best pitcher down the stretch, Stripling was an All-Star and Max Muncy had a breakout year. Those performances and the additions of players like A.J. Pollock and Joe Kelly and the return of Seager could be the signs of good things to come again. MLB 2019 preview: NL West position battles to watch The Dodgers know they’re good and now it’s just a matter of showing it on the field.“It is incredibly daunting to look ahead and know that there’s 162 games ahead of us just to even get into the postseason,” Stripling said. “But everyone just trusts that there’s so much talent, so much depth, on our roster, that if we just go out play the way we’re supposed to play, good things will happen.”last_img

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