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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Predictions Without Manny Ramirez

Published by on May 8, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The timing could not be better for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, they would always prefer to have Manny Ramirez in the lineup, but the team's hot start, a weak division and a very easy schedule over the next 50 games, still make LA a playoff team and likeliest National League Champion.

Before the season, when Manny and the Dodgers were working on a contract, we conducted an analysis to show how important Ramirez could be to the Dodgers.

At that time, we simulated the 2009 season 10,000 times with and without Ramirez in LA's lineup and suggested that the Dodgers would be 5.4 wins (89.8 wins compared to 84.4 wins) better over the course of the season than without. They would also see an increase in playoff probab...

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