5. Arizona Diamondbacks
The last team worth noting is the group that came up just short against the Texas Rangers. This Arizona team clearly needs to add another top-of-the-rotation arm either near the trade deadline or before the start of the season. If they can find a way to do that, they will have a very real chance against this Dodgers team. While divisional matchups might not happen as often as they used to, the familiarity is still an advantage.
The Dodgers were swept out of the playoffs last season by the Diamondbacks. That confidence is still there for this roster, no matter who the Dodgers might have added throughout the offseason. You have a confident young team that has proven they can upset the Dodgers before. Why can't it happen again, now that they've got more postseason experience under their belt?
Obviously, we are a long way off from knowing whether Arizona's run from last season is a sign of seasons to come. For now, however, the Diamondbacks have earned our respect and should be taken seriously heading into the season.
Just like the Rangers, this was a team that was overlooked in the postseason bracket and found a way to get it done. The biggest concern for this roster in a potential series is the Dodgers' rebuilt rotation. Can Arizona add enough pitching to compete with the Dodgers' top three? That is a question the front office should be attempting to answer as spring training draws closer.