This is fairly obvious to everyone, but the Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League. Fresh off of a 2020 World Series title, they are returning basically their entire roster from that title run.
They feature a killer rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Dustin May, and David Price projected to come back this year. Trevor Bauer now signs a 3-year contract with the team as well, adding the reigning Cy Young winner to that mix.
Their bullpen is also nothing to scoff at either. Kenley Jansen is a proven closer in this league, and when you add Joe Kelly, Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen, and now Corey Knebel to the mix, they have a plethora of good arms.
Of course, lineup-wise, we all know they have superstars. Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger are two of the top ten players in baseball, and they pair with the power bat of Max Muncy and World Series MVP Corey Seager to make a lethal four-headed monster.
All around, this is one of the best offensive teams in the game. According to stats pulled from Baseball Reference, they ranked 1st in home runs, 2nd in RBIs, 5th in on-base percentage, and tied for 1st in slugging percentage. They are a juggernaut, and they will prove to be one of, if not, the Mets biggest threat.
On top of all that, they have an extremely deep and versatile team as well. Guys like Muncy, Edwin Rios and Chris Taylor can play multiple positions all over the field. They have three very solid catchers, a lengthy bullpen, and multiple guys who can play swing roles in the bullpen and the starting rotation.
They are a juggernaut, and they will prove to be the Mets biggest threat.