The best thing the Dodgers have going for them right now is their divisional counterparts.
The Giants have re-tooled much of their roster, but nothing stands out that makes me think they will fair any better than last season.
The Padres are off to a quick start, but don't expect it to last. Adrian Gonzalez remains the sole star of the Friars, and will need more support to turn that team around. The team is eleventh in the national league in batting average, and sooner or later it will catch up to them.
The Diamondbacks still have a very young roster, and their lack of experience is still keeping them down. Their pitching is lacks a bonafied ace, and a closer that can be consistent.
The Diamondbacks are one of only three teams with a higher team ERA than the Dodgers. Without consistent pitching, the Diamondbacks will struggle.
The Rockies received a lot of attention before the start of the regular season, but there is no reason besides Ubaldo Jimenez that provides merit for all the hype.
One pitcher won't change the outcome of the season. With the departures of Yorvit Torrealba and Scott Podsednik (currently hitting .365) a big hole is created in the Colorado offense.
Pitching will have to remain stellar for the Rockies all season or it just won't come together.
The Dodgers have a mountain to climb, but the season is still very young, and quite frankly the team can only go up from here. Don't panic yet Dodgers fans, there are still many victorious Southern California sunsets to look forward to.