Friday, March 20, 2009

2009 MLB Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers

IF (4/5) - Pretty good infield. Furcal is a great lead-off hitter. Loney, Blake, and Martin are all solid. Hudson and Loretta were added. Ausmus and DeWitt should contribute as well.

OF (4.5/5) - The best part about signing Manny is Pierre goes to the bench. Ethier and Kemp add much more offense than Pierre, even with the SBs. Pretty good OF here.

SP (3.5/5) - Lowe is gone, but Billingsly isn't. Kuroda seemed pretty inconsistent to me last year; so his numbers could be even better this year if he improves there. Kershaw had 100 Ks last year and has lots of potential. Randy Wolf is back and he had a decent season last year. This team really could use a healthy Jason Schmidt, who could compete with Vargas, Stults, and Estes for the #5 spot. Are they looking at Pedro?

RP (3/5) - Saito is gone. Broxton will close and Kuo could also be an option, though he has injury concerns. Mota was added and he could help, though he was also inconsistent last year. Besides Wade, it looks like it'll be McDonald (who looked good in 4 games and then the postseason) and then a couple of the rotation candidates.

Wildcards: Schmidt, Loretta, Vargas

[Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on your team. I think it's fun to do this stuff before a season starts and then see how close (or how far off) I was. If you spend time from your day insulting us, telling others to insult us, or posting in a blog or messageboard about how wrong our opinions are, then we are flattered!]

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