We are under a week away from the start of the new MLB season, which is exciting for fans and players alike. Last season saw the Los Angeles Dodgers take home the best record during the regular season but were bounced in the Wild Card round of the postseason. Winning 111 games was an incredible accomplishment for the franchise and while the team did lose some talent over the course of the offseason, they still wield a very loaded roster.
With that being said, here are my predictions for which players will be the leaders in each main statistics for the Dodgers this upcoming season.
Batting Average: Freddie Freeman
This one may be too easy because Freeman is just that good of a player. He hit .325 last season and he will likely lead the team once again in the batting average category. Freeman is incredible at making contact and getting on base which helps his trajectory for this.
Hits: Freddie Freeman
Freeman led the major leagues in hits last season and I don’t see him slowing down in 2023 either. He will once again led Los Angeles in hits over the course of the season.
Runs: Mookie Betts
Betts is the ultimate superstar. He can hit for power and contact and is incredible with his glove in the outfield as well. He just finds a way to get on base and I believe he will produce the most runs for the team in 2023.
Doubles: J.D. Martinez
The Dodgers brought Martinez in to be the full time designated hitter and he excels at hitting home runs and doubles. Dodger Stadium may not be as hitter friendly as Fenway but Martinez is still a professional hitter. I have him down to led the team in doubles this season after hitting 43 for the Boston Red Sox last year.
Triples: Will Smith
Smith is great at making contact with the ball and was tied for the team lead in triples last season based off the guys who are still on the roster. He has turned himself into one of the best catchers around the game and he will lead the Dodgers in triples this season.
Home Runs: Max Muncy
Muncy had a down year last season and I won’t make any excuses for him. However, I see him bouncing back in a big way in 2023. He is just a season removed from hitting 36 home runs and he hit 35 in back-to-back years in 2018 and 2019 as well. Muncy will lead the team in long balls this coming season.
RBIs: Freddie Freeman
Freeman was tied for the team lead in RBIs last season and I expect more of the same. The next closest person that is still on the team was 13 RBIs behind Freeman. He is a run scoring machine and will be a major force within the Dodgers offense once again.
Walks: Max Muncy
Muncy just has a knack for drawing walks as he has led the Dodgers in each of the last three seasons. This trend continues and Muncy stays the walk king in Los Angeles.
Stolen Bases: Chris Taylor
Taylor has 10 stolen bases last season and he is one of the few leaders in this stat from a year ago that is still on the team. Look for Taylor to showcase more skill on the basepaths this coming year.
Wins: Julio Urías
Urías has led the Dodgers in wins in each of the last two seasons and I expect the trend to continue here. He was solidified himself as the ace of the team and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Urías is already in line for a massive payday but another strong season and he will just add to his resume.
ERA: Clayton Kershaw
Kershaw finished last season with a 2.28 ERA and despite him missing some time with injuries, he had a very productive year. I like him to lead the team in ERA this coming year as I believe the extra innings that Urías pitches will cost him.
Complete Games: Noah Syndergaard
Now this won’t be more than once or maybe twice but I think Thor is still capable of having a great performance every now and again. I like him to lead the team in complete games in 2023.
Shutouts: Julio Urías
I’m not sure anyone throws a shutout but if I had to guess it would be Urías. His stuff is flat out electric and maybe he gets hot for one game and completely dominates.
Saves: Evan Phillips
The Dodgers seem to be heading towards a closer by committee approach for this season. Last year Craig Kimbrel came in the ninth to shut the door but he is now gone. I like Phillips to take over as the “closer” for this team and establish himself even more in the Dodgers bullpen.