NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (84-78, 1st)
Joe Torre (2nd season)
PAYROLL: $92 million
X-FACTOR: If Rafael Furcal's back cooperates, he should be the energizer at the top of the lineup he's always been.
BEST CASE: Manny Ramirez threatens .400 for a full season as he tries to earn another new contract.
Placid Joe Torre returns to the postseason for the 14th straight year overall.
Clayton Kershaw takes that next step and joins Chad Billingsley at the top of the rotation.
WORST CASE: Manny gets bored and starts acting like a bozo again.
There's not enough proven pitching still here after the losses of Derek Lowe, Brad Penny and Takashi Saito.
Anything happens to Jonathan Broxton and the ninth inning becomes a nightly adventure.
SS Rafael Furcal
C Russell Martin
LF Manny Ramirez
1B James Loney
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
3B Casey Blake
2B Orlando Hudson
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
LHP Randy Wolf
RHP Chad Billingsley