If you look at the Dodgers' roster, one aspect that immediately jumps out is the team's amazing lack of depth. Thin as a tissue.
Individually, the reserves are all fine role players. Yet as a unit, they make for collective weakness.
Want to know the key to the Dodgers' season? It's not as much about whether James Loney can continue his second-half roll or Juan Uribe rediscovers how to hit as it is about the front-line players staying healthy.
This is a team that cannot afford serious injury to its oh-so few stars.
"The biggest concern is, I don’t think we can afford major injuries to major guys," said Manager Don Mattingly. "Our core guys are going to have to be pretty good for us all year long. If we lose one of those guys ... "
Think at this point, Mattingly then cover his eyes.
Last year Matt Kemp had an outstanding season, but Andre Ethier battled injury and the team went nowhere. One of those guys goes down again this season, and you can forget it.