Opening Day is almost here and it is time to put on my rosy colored glasses and make my prediction (wishful thinking) about the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have a loaded team with talent, but do have holes they will need to address. Here's how I see it:
*Russell Martin rebounds and returns to his All Star form.
*Rafael Furcal stays healthy and has an average year (good batting average, defense and lots of runs scored).
*Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier both take another step towards stardom. Both are on the All-Star team.
*Mannywood stays challenged by his walk year (he will be a free agent after the season) and by the play of Kemp and Ethier. He leads the league in batting average, but can't keep up with Kemp and Ethier's power numbers.
*Kershaw and Billingsley make everyone forget that they didn't start the season with an "Ace", but now have two.
*Broxton continues his dominance in the 9th.
**Feeling the good vibes on how the team is doing, but seeing how the Phillies appear to be unstoppable, Frank McCourt get drunk and gives Ned Colletti the okay to do whatever it takes to get Cliff Lee (the Mariners fall apart and make Lee available).
The Dodgers pay all of Lee's salary and give up multiple AA prospects. McCourt wakes up the next day with an awful hangover, but is delighted to see a headline that actually is positive about him being the owner. He then sees that Cliff Lee is a Dodger, throws up, tries to veto the deal, but it is too late.
The Dodgers storm through the playoffs, finally beating the Phillies to get to the World Series. They sweep Boston (Manny and Torre dance the jig on the pitcher's mound at Fenway).
The day after the parade through downtown LA, Jaime McCourt teams up with an investment group led by Mark Cuban and buys out Frank. Jaime tells Frank, "They boys will still own the team in the future, it will just be me handing them the reins."
Dodgers resign Cliff Lee during the offseason and now have Kershaw, Lee and Billingsley leading the rotation, with Broxton slamming the door shut. Kemp and Ethier make everyone forget about Mannywood.
Vin Scully retires, and his final words were, "The Dodgers are the World Champions once again...Good night everybody."