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Dodgers Down, But Are They Out?

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Coming soon, to a game near you.
Coming soon, to a game near you.

The Dodgers have lost 16 of their last 24 games, and have won just one of their last 10 series. They stand at 22-29 and have been outscored by 43 runs this season, the worst pythagorean record in the National League and ahead of only Minnesota in all of baseball. They are about to embark on a tough stretch of their schedule in which they battle the Marlins, Phillies, and Reds (twice) in the next three weeks.

Yet I'm not ready to give up on the team just yet.

Look, the Dodgers have their work cut out for them, to be sure. It's not going to be easy. But part of my unwillingness to give up has to do with the rest of the division:

  • San Francisco is on top of the division, a full six games ahead of the Dodgers, but they just got swept by Florida and lost catcher Buster Posey for a long, long time, if not the year.
  • Colorado started 11-2 (almost as good as the 2005 Dodgers, a 91-loss team that started 12-2), but is now under .500 and has lost Jorge De La Rosa for the year.
  • Arizona has won 11 of their last 13 to move into second place but, rightly or wrongly, I'm giving them the 2010 Padres treatment, as in I'll believe it when I see it.

There are also reasons to like the Dodgers. Their 2010 minor league player and pitcher of the year are both here. Jerry Sands is starting to hit, and Rubby De La Rosa got everyone excited with his scintillating debut on Tuesday in Houston.

The team is getting healthier, though a team with eight players on the disabled list really has nowhere else to go but up in that regard. Friday is likely to bring the return of Casey Blake (if it's not Friday for Blake, it will be Saturday), Andre Ethier, and Rod Barajas to the lineup, and Blake Hawksworth to the bullpen.

The Dodgers host the Marlins and Rockies on their six-game homestand. If they are going to make a move, the time is now, in a division ripe for the taking.