The franchise has been sold, the stadium renovated, the roster overhauled, the payroll boosted to more than $200 million.
But one truth of the Dodgers' universe remains unchanged: They need Matt Kemp.
And because they don't have him yet - at least, not the Kemp of 2011 - the Dodgers lost their season-opening series to the defending world champion Giants.
That alone is not cause for alarm. The Dodgers, who managed only seven runs in the three games, won't be the last lineup humbled by the Giants' staff this season. In fact, there were encouraging signs from Carl Crawford (5-for-9) and Andre Ethier (doubles off left-handed pitchers on consecutive days).
Kemp, though, is 0-for-10. He stranded eight baserunners in Wednesday's 5-3 loss. However long it lasts, the wait for him to return to form will be agonizing and uncertain. While the Dodgers have other concerns - such as the infield, offensively and defensively - Kemp's glitch in falling into sync is probabl...