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If there is one thing people know for sure about how the Dodgers will do this year, it's that we really don't know anything about how the Dodgers will do this year. After an extensive web search I found articles all over the internet explaining that the Dodgers are going to be the same team they were last year (no better, and hopefully no worse). It's hard to even know what the 40-man roster will look like once April rolls around because the team itself is up for sale. Frank McCourt (the current owner) is supposed to select the highest bidder by the end of the month. Once the new owner takes the helm we could see huge changes to the team. After all, this is the underachieving team of Frank McCourt that T.J. Simers of the LA Times thinks we should be darn mad about. Simers thinks that if we can sustain being mad about how bad the team is for long enough, we can at least "send a messgae to the new owner that he best do a better job." Keep in mind that Simers is one of the most pessimistic sports writers on the LA Times staff. But, he is not alone in thinking the Dodgers are going to find themselves in the lower part of the division this year.
According to Cappers Picks, the Dodgers are going to be in "rebuilding mode" again this year. That's code for: they are going to be bad.
Grant Brisbee of SBNation had this to say: "The reinforcements brought in to help that team are completely underwhelming. Considering that the Dodgers lost Hiroki Kuroda and Jamey Carroll, it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that they got worse this winter." Not a great prediction if you ask me. You can read his full article here, which includes how much the Dodger's starting rotation is going to be receiving in 2012.
But, not everyone thinks the dodgers are going to be bad this year. Jim McLennan of AZ Snakepit thinks the NL West is up for grabs this year and that the Dodgers have a good chance of winning it. He does point out that a win in the west is predicated on how well both Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp do, so maybe not. Of course, McLennan is an Arizona Diamondbacks fan, so what does he know.
In the end, maybe we know one thing for sure: The Dodgers are going to be either better, or worse, or the same as they were last year. Yeah, I think we can at least say that...
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