4. Los Angeles Dodgers
2004: 761 runs, 9th in NL
2005 Outlook: Going by Value over Replacement Player (VORP), a stat that measures a player's value by runs contributed to the team, the 2005 Dodgers' lineup is 43 runs behind last year's. But it's hard to make much of '04's numbers because the team was overhauled at the trade deadline. It looks like L.A., which added second baseman Jeff Kent and outfielder J.D. Drew, will have a decent lineup. If it doesn't, G.M. Paul DePodesta will tear it down at the trade deadline again.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks
2004: 615 runs, 16th in NL
2005 Outlook: You know you're in trouble when picking up shortstop Royce Clayton represents an offensive upgrade. Arizona needs huge bounce-back years from Troy Glaus and Luis Gonzalez to get out of the offensive cellar. Also, they are better off sticking with Scott Hairston at second instead of the newly added Craig Counsell, but it looks as if they will make the change anyway. On paper this lineup doesn't appear much better than last year's flop.
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