No one totally nailed it, but here are five March predictions for the 2010 Dodgers that came close in some ways, if not all:
plaza23 (3/29/2010 at 9:49 PM)
The Dodgers went 82-80 because their older vets were ineffective (Manny, Blake, Furcal, Kuroda, Ortiz, Padilla). Kemp, Ethier, Kershaw kept the team treading water at .500.
johnrjames25 (3/29/2010 at 2:17 PM)
I see the Dodgers going 85-77, a little worse than last year b/c of a slower start. The McCourts divorce overshadows the season and prevents a July acquisition for a final playoff push. They miss the playoffs.
Marty_Leadman (3/29/2010 at 1:56 PM)
The Dodgers go 77-85, but still finish second in 2010 as just about everything that can go wrong, goes wrong. The only player that significantly improves is Chad Billingsley who posts a 2.99 ERA despite only 9 wins.
MrCourt5782 (3/29/2010 at 9:42 AM)
The Dodgers went 85-77 in 2010 because of a lack of production anywhere in the lineup other than the 2-4 spots. Furcal did nothing from the lead-off spot, Loney wasn't productive enough to drive in the Big 3, Russ continued to struggle, and Casey Blake was nothing without his beard. Kershaw and Billingsley performed brilliantly, and DeWitt was also a bright spot, but the bullpen did not hold up as imagined, and Kuroda and Padilla under-performed. The season was a disappointment compared to the last 2, but we all knew from the beginning that no Dodger team has ever made the playoffs 3 years in a row, and the McCourt saga negatively affected the possibility of trade deadline acquisitions. The core of Ethier, Kemp, Loney, Kershaw, Billingsley, and Broxton will press on though, and 2011 will be an entirely different story with new ownership and a renewed spirit.
Disclaimer: I am not the pessimist I may seem to be. I am a die hard fan that lives and breathes the Dodgers. Unfortunately, I just have a feeling about this season, and as you can tell, it's not a good one.
foxcpa (3/29/2010 at 8:51 AM)
82-80, the bullpen failed to repeat its performance of 2009...yet we are not eliminated from the division race until the final weekend