The LA Sports Report: Friday 4/14


Abbasali Fazal, Columnist

Dodgers’ 2023 Season is Underway! And Other MLB Storylines

Welcome back to 2023 baseball, Gondo City! 

After what looked like a remodeled, lost season initially for the Dodgers in the offseason, the Boys in Blue looked a little better than expected—just disorganized. 

They actually scored 20 runs in their first four-game series, but only won half of which was shocking, because they scored 20 runs (especially versus the Diamondbacks…that was kind of shocking).

However, there were some good notes that they took heading to the Rockies for two games which they easily swept. After Cody Bellinger went to Chicago, the Dodgers found an amazing replacement in James Outman. The rookie smashed a homerun on opening day while having one of the best rookie performances we have ever seen before. 

Jordan Walker, the St Louis Cardinals rookie, is also on fire. The rookie has tied a Major League record with reaching base safely in his first 13 games as a rookie age 20 or under. 

The Rays, too, are on fire with, winning all of their first 12 matchups, one matchup shy of tying a major league record to start the season. 

The Dodgers then headed to Arizona after starting 4-2 on the year. Sounds good. They won their first matchup, but after that, they were obliterated by the Diamondbacks, in Arizona! The Dbacks’ potential shown was promising, and they kept building on. The Dodgers went 5-2 to 5-5, where the bullpen and starting staff were rattled by the Snakes. 

The Dodgers, however, unlocked Mad Max Power when Max Muncy played vs the Giants. Max Muncy entered the series with only two RBIs, and after three games vs the Rivals, in which he sat one out, he had an NL Leading 14 RBIs, Muncy went from slump to stride mode in San Francisco!

The Dodgers are currently 7-6 as they now work to play the Chicago Cubs, the first time they play versus Bellinger. 


Lakers Skate Past Timberwolves

The Lakers Tuesday Night played one of their worst performance-winning games of the year. 

With Lebron James and Anthony Davis leading the way, the Lakers also did have bad performances from Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell, and others. 

However, LeBron James led the way with 30, with Davis following with 24. The Lakers were down by as much as 15 in the third quarter but allowed less than 20 points to the TWolves in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. 

The TWolves only got 4 points in overtime, which is equivalent to just two baskets. Although it was just a 19-point effort in the fourth quarter by the Lakers, it was just enough to squeeze out an overtime. 

The game-winning shot was in fact blocked by a Laker, Anthony Davis, on Dennis Schroder. But the Lakers got in and now are set to face Memphis Grizzlies Sunday in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.