Joshua Saylor was born and raised in West Hills CA. While he grew up a die hard Lakers fan, nothing compares to his love for the Dodgers.
Josh graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2012, where he not only watched his 49ers make the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, but also attained a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
While in school, Josh began his radio career as an intern for Homefieldsports and AM 1400 KKZZ in Ventura. He then worked as a producer and co-host of a sports radio show at Kbeach radio on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. Finally, in the summer of 2011 Josh became the intern of the Loose Cannons Radio Show, featured on Fox Sports Radio. After a year helping produce the Loose Cannons, Josh was then hired to be a part of the AM 570 Fox Sports LA Promotions team.
In his free time Josh enjoys sleeping, listening to music, browsing the internet, playing fantasy sports and hanging out with his dog Kobe.
Matt Kemp needs to be healthy
In order for the Dodgers to have a successful 2013 season, Matt Kemp must return to form. That shoulder injury Kemp is returning from was much more serious than people thought. It would be nice, at some point, to see Kemp move to one of the corner outfield spots in order to preserve him offensively for years to come. Nonetheless, Matt needs to return to his 2011 .324 average, 39 home run, 126 RBI, .586 slugging percentage and .399 on base percentage good old self. Now, I’m not saying he needs those exact numbers, but he needs to get back to the player who was capable of putting up these kind of ridiculous stats.
Besides his on the field play, Kemp needs to be the the leader of this team. They're massive expectations in LA for the Dodgers. We have seen the Lakers fail to live up to championship expectations so far this season. A healthy Matt Kemp is not just the Dodgers best player, but is also the heart of the Dodgers and their brand. He needs to become what Derek Jeter means to the Yankees. The best way to start is by leading the Dodgers to a World Series Championship in 2013.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett will surprise people this season
Yes... I am saying it here.
Lets start with the rookie Ryu...
According to MLB guidelines Ryu is a rookie, even at 26 years old and after playing 6 seasons professionally in South Korea. In 6 spring training starts, Ryu has posted a 2-2 record and 3.86 era. He showed off his mid 90’s fastball, devastating slider and deceptive change in his few starts. There is definitely room for improvement with that curveball, but that will come. This guy is good. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win the NL Rookie of the Year. Most importantly former Dodger Chan Ho Park said he will shine in Hollywood.
And now Josh Beckett...
There is no doubt Beckett is not the same pitcher he was even a few years ago, when he was blowing batters away with that 95 plus fastball. However, he still has quality stuff, and can still get major league hitters out. He also posted a sub 3 era over his last 7 starts last season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Beckett winning at least 15 games for the Dodgers this season, and help provide a solid 1-4 in the Dodgers rotation consisting of Kershaw, Grienke, Ryu and Beckett.
Clayton Kershaw needs to continue his dominance
Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the National League. I would say in baseball if that guy Justin Verlander didn’t play for the Detroit Tigers. He and Matt Kemp are the two most important parts for the Dodgers this season. However Verlander is already 30 and Kershaw is only 25 and left handed. So who would you take?
Over the last 2 seasons, Kershaw has lead the national league in strikeouts, era and whip. He should have won the Cy Young last year, but RA Dickey was the best story in baseball and played in the biggest market. I can’t see him not winning his 2nd Cy Young in 3 years this season. He will outduel Stephen Strasburg in every category. Strasburg hasn’t even thrown over 200 innings once in his career, while Kershaw has cracked the mark each of the last 3 seasons. As long as that hip is healthy, which it appears to be, nothing can stop Kershaw from exerting his dominance over the NL.
At some point Yasiel Puig must be called up to big leagues
Little was known about this player when the Dodgers gave the Cuban defector a 7-year 42 million dollar contract. Well that contract appears to be a steal now. He had the best spring training of any dodger. He hit .527 with 3 home runs and 11 runs batted in this spring. Puig even showed off his speed with 4 stolen bases. He has too much talent not to be called up before September. Look what happened when the Angels called up Mike Trout last season due to injuries to outfielders. Trout took off from that point, and that is the same feeling I have regarding Puig. He may not be quite as good as Trout, but he is simply too talented to keep in the minors for long. He has been optioned down to AA, but it is only a matter of time before Puig is off and running at the major league level. The bigger question is who would he replace in the outfield? It appears the odd man out would be Andre Ethier...
Finally what will Carl Crawford provide for the Dodgers
Crawford is recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but has looked good this spring for the Dodgers. The Dodgers need someone who can provide a spark at the top of the order. It’s the one big question the Dodgers are still facing, and something they were really missing last season. If healthy Crawford is one of the better weapons on this team. Crawford is a career .292 hitter, with over 400 stolen bases in his career and a ..332 on base percentage. He can create havoc on the base paths, and provide scoring opportunities for the heart of the Dodger lineup. He even has a little pop in his bat with 118 career home runs and 114 career triples. Just 3 years ago in 2010, Crawford had his best season, posting a .307 average, 19 home runs, 13 triples, 90 rbi’s, and a .356 on base percentage. If healthy, Crawford can become that elite leadoff hitter the Dodgers have been searching for.
The Dodgers open up their season against the rival San Francisco Giants on April 1st. No matter what happens, it is going to be a season full of drama for the LA Dodgers. Hopefully the drama includes their first World Series Championship in 25 years.