After a disappointing 2010 season in which many players had downs seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers hope to make to make it back to the playoffs in 2011.
Coming off a 2009 season in which Los Angeles won 95 games and swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs, the Dodgers had extremely high expectations last season. After all, many Dodger players were still in their mid-20s and had improved year after year, so the assumption was that the team could only get better.
However a combination of a divorce between the owners, to go along with many Dodgers performing worse than expected, led to just an 80-82 record for Los Angeles and a fourth place finish in the NL West .
This season, with a deep roster and many Dodgers entering their prime years, there is no reason to believe that the team should struggle in 2011. If most of the Dodgers play the way you would expect them to play, they could make a lot of noise in the NL.
Here are 10 players who must improve from last season in order for the Dodgers to make the playoffs.