There are no guarantees in sports, or life for that matter. Just ask Matt Hasselbeck. And we can talk about how teams "look" or "sound" all we want, but the only legitimate proof is on the actual field.
That being said, the Los Angeles Dodgers look pretty damn good on paper.
After adding Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the lineup last season, they bolstered the starting rotation this winter.
L.A. added Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to a pitching staff that already boasted a resurgent Josh Beckett and arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw.
So that paper that the Dodgers look so good on might actually hold water when you add Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and a solid bullpen into the mix.
But is it enough to overtake their rival San Francisco Giants in the NL West?
Fans of the defending champs might think I'm crazy, but here are five reasons the Dodgers are ready to reclaim the division title in 2013.