Sound off on the Dodgers

Originally Published: March 26, 2007
ESPN.com

To quote Muhammad Ali: "Champions aren't made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision." The Dodgers have a dream of winning everything. Don't be surprised if it comes true.

The Blue Crew had the best run differential in the National League (+69) last season, and their offense should be even better. Juan Pierre is an upgrade in center field and adds speed to the top of the order. Luis Gonzalez still has some pop in his bat. Andre Ethier might post better numbers than J.D. Drew (at a fraction of the cost). Catcher Russell Martin is a natural leader, and third baseman Wilson Betemit can be a dangerous hitter.

The kids helped L.A. reach the playoffs last year, and there are plenty of talented youngsters -- James Loney, Matt Kemp and Andy LaRoche -- waiting in the wings.

Pitching is a major strength. With the additions of Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf, the rotation is deeper than it has been for years. Derek Lowe and Brad Penny both won 16 games in 2006. Count on them to deliver again.

There aren't any holes in the bullpen. Jonathan Broxton, Chad Billingsley, Joe Beimel are all solid setup men. Closer Takashi Saito (24 saves in '06) is unflappable and played a key role in last year's success.

Are the Dodgers the best in the West? Do they have what it takes to make a pennant run and capture their seventh World Series title? Let us know what you think.

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