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20 Days of Thinking Blue: Who is the team’s secret weapon?

The countdown has begun, kids. Actually, it’s a little bit past. The opening series (well, the American version) is here, as the Dodgers take on the Padres down in San Diego. To prepare you for the regular season, MAMBINO will tackle 20 of the most important–and some not so important–questions that will get you set up for a year of almost unparalleled expectations. Let’s get it going:
 
Who is the team’s secret weapon?
 
With the league’s highest payroll and in the country’s second biggest media market, it’s hard for there to be an uncovered corner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ordinarily, most team’s unheralded bulllpens could easily be their “secret weapons”, but seeing as GM Ned Colletti put together a group of relievers with big money guarantees and a ton of previous closing experience, I can’t put them under consideration here. After all, is there any situation in everyday life in which Brian Wilson can ever be considered “secret”?
 
I’d also usually point to the fourth and fifth starters in the rotation, but considering one is a former World Series MVP (Josh Beckett) and the other is a three-time All-Star with two top-10 Cy Young Award finishes (Dan Haren), they’re hardly quiet roster additions.
 
That leaves me with a surprising answer: Scott Van Slyke.… Read more...