It's that time of year to get all forecasty, which I am absolutely certain is a word, despite what Word thinks.
And what do people think of the Boys in Blue? Safe to say, they don’t know what to think. Anyway, there is no universal view. Most think they’ll be OK, with a chance of meatballs. Or was that actually contending?
Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter thinks the National League West is wide open, but favors the Diamondbacks and Giants.
ESPN's first power rankings, and we know those are never wrong, has the Dodgers at 19th, well behind the Diamondbacks (seventh, best for an NL team) and Giants (10th). Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal calls the Dodgers his sleeper pick, but ranks them 15th.
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, however, has the Dodgers second behind the Diamondbacks.
Homer Henry Schulman at the San Francisco Chronicle taps the Giants first and Dodgers third (which in full disclosure, was the same prediction as The Times' Jim Peltz).