2009 regular season record: 95-67, First place, NL West
2009 playoff record: 4-4, lost in NLCS to Philadelphia Phillies
Major Offseason Acquisitions: Jamey Carroll (CLE), Reed Johnson (CHC)
Major Offseason Losses: Orlando Hudson (MIN), Juan Pierre (CHW), Randy Wolf (MIL), Guillermo Mota (SF)
Projected Lineup (2009 stats):
- SS-Rafael Furcal (.269 BA, .335 OBP, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 12 SB)
- CF-Matt Kemp (.297 BA, .352 OBP, 26 HR, 101 RBI, 34 SB)
- RF-Andre Ethier (.272 BA, .361 OBP, 31 HR, 106 RBI)
- LF-Manny Ramirez (.290 BA, 418 OBP, 19 HR, 63 RBI)
- 1B-James Loney (.281 BA, .357 OBP, 13 HR, 90 RBI)
- 3B- Casey Blake (.280 BA, .363 OBP, 18 HR, 73 HR)
- C-Russell Martin (.250 BA, .352 OBP, 7 HR, 53 RBI)
- 2B-Blake DeWitt (.204 BA, .245 OBP, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):
- RHP Vicente Padilla (12-6, 4.46 ERA, 147.1 IP)
- LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.79 ERA, 171.0 IP)
- RHP Chad Billingsley (12-11, 4.03 ERA, 196.1 IP)
- RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.76 ERA, 117.1 IP)
- RHP Charlie Haeger (1-1, 3.32 ERA, 19.0 IP)
Closer: RHP Jonathan Broxton (2.61 ERA, 36 saves)
2010 Outlook: Los Angeles, despite a major charge from Colorado late last season, was able to win the National League West.
The team looks nearly identical to the one that won the division in 2009, and if they’re going to win, they’re going to do it with pitching.
The Dodgers’ staff, surprisingly, will be led by former Texas Ranger Vicente Padilla.
Padilla came over late last season from Texas, and he posted an impressive 3.20 ERA in seven starts in Dodger blue.
The Dodgers also believe that young Clayton Kershaw is ready to become one of the elite pitchers in the NL.
The 22-year-old had a 2.79 ERA in his first full big league season, and the lefty appears ready to take the league by storm.
Manny Ramirez, who, for some reason, has already claimed that 2010 will be his last in a Dodgers uniform, was suspended 50 games last season for testing positive for a banned substance.
As a result, his numbers were down across the board. Will he be able to regain the “Mannywood” magic that helped charge the Dodgers in 2008?
Centerfielder Matt Kemp has emerged as one of the league’s best all-around players, as he hit 26 home runs, drove in 101 runs, and stole 34 bases last season while hitting .297.
He’s also a solid defensive centerfielder, and may be making the leap to superstardom.
Will the Dodgers be able to hang with the Rockies?
2010 outlook: 94-68, Second place, NL West