756 NL West Preview : Los Dodgers

Posted on February 28, 2011 by


Probable Starting Rotation:
1. C. Kershaw
2. C. Billingsley
3. T. Lilly
4. H. Kuroda
5. J. Garland
6. V. Padilla
Probable Lineup:
1. Rafael Furcal
2. Matt Kemp
3. Andre Ethier
4. Juan Uribe* – turncoat bitch
5. James Loney
6. Chris Blake
7. Tony Gwynn Jr.
8. Rod Barajas
J. Broxton (closer)
H. Kuo
M. Guerrier
C. Monasterios
K. Jansen
R. Belisario
R. Troncoso
B. Hawksworth
J. Ely
J. Link
Quality Utility Players:
Jamey Carroll
Jay Gibbons
Overall Grades
Starting Rotation: A-
Bullpen: B
Lineup: B+
Overall: B
The Dodgers were the favorite to win the division last year because of their good starting rotation, bullpen, and hitting. However, they ended up proving that a payroll can’t always buy you a winner. Their squad was filled with underperformers and the McCourt divorce controversy only made things worse for the Dodgers, as they fell out of the playoff race. Moral of the story: The Dodgers suck, LA Sucks, and Manny Ramirez Sucks.
What they’ve done:
“For starters, the Dodgers have locked up a lot of pitching so far this winter: Ted Lilly (three years, $33 million), Hiroki Kuroda (one year, $12 million), Jon Garland (one year, $5 million) and Vicente Padilla (one year, $2 million, could earn $10 with incentives). The rotation is set.
The Dodgers addressed a big need in the infield by signing Uribe to a three-year deal worth $21 million. They also addressed their catching needs with Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro. Los Angeles believes it got a plus-defender with speed in outfielder Tony Gwynn, who could emerge as a fourth outfielder. The team also signed reliever Matt Guerrier to a three-year deal worth $12 million.
Left to do:
The Dodgers would still like to add a right-handed-hitting left fielder. General manager Ned Colletti looks smart for jumping on pitching early, especially since, after Cliff Lee, this was considered to be a weak class of starting pitchers on the free-agent market.
Credit Colletti for being proactive this winter, bringing back Lilly, Kuroda and adding Garland before the Winter Meetings started. Colletti said the current roster is “better than when we ended” last season, thanks in part to a deeper rotation and expected run production in the middle of the infield with the addition of Uribe. Colletti insists he’s not done with the roster.
“Would you like to have your team in place to start Spring Training? Absolutely. But look at the history. Few teams do,” he said. “
-dz, don

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