Los Angeles Dodgers 2011 Season Preview
The Los Angeles Dodgers have switched from one Yankees legend to another as their manager, and they hope the change helps the team bounce back after a disappointing 2010 season.
Joe Torre decided it was time to move on and stepped down, allowing bench coach Don Mattingly to become the club's new skipper.
Russell Martin and Jeff Weaver were the two biggest offseason losses, with pitcher Jon Garland representing the biggest addition. Martin was broken down by injuries while Weaver was the worse of the two brothers, so the Dodgers didn't lose much.
The rotation has a lot of potential, but can it be realized? Clayton Kershaw was solid last year and could become a true No. 1 starter at any moment. Chad Billingsley took a step back last year, but he also has top-of-the-rotation type stuff.
Matt Kemp leads a group of young, talented hitters that round out the middle of the lineup. Andre Ethier missed extensive time last year with a wrist injury but is 100 percent heading into the season. There is still hope that James Loney develops some power, but hits for a high average and is a doubles machine.
The Dodgers are trying to focus on the play on the field rather than the battle for ownership, but that's having a direct effect on the way the club is being put together. Until the focus is entirely on baseball, the Dodgers will have a tough time contending for the division title.