The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the 2013 season with high hopes after emptying the bank on the likes of Zack Greinke, Brandon League and others. On paper, the Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League.
That being said, the Giants, Reds, Cardinals, Braves and Nationals return exceptionally talented teams that will aim to keep their playoff crowns away from L.A. In order for the Dodgers to put it all together and make a playoff run, they will need big seasons from their biggest names.
With Matt Kemp's injuries last year, Hanley Ramirez's spotty attitude and uncertainty surrounding the back of the rotation, things will still have to go the right way for the Dodgers to do what everyone expects them to do.
Here is a breakdown of the starting lineup and most important pitchers' best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2013 season.