Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/8/12

The next ten days for the Los Angeles Dodgers could make or break their season.  Following the blockbuster trade that they made acquiring Josh Beckett, Nick Punto, Carl Crawford (out for year), and Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers have not played to the level that people were expecting.

A lineup consisting of five all-stars which include Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Shane Victorino, and Adrian Gonzalez consistently struggles to score more than three runs a game, but when management put this team together they thought that same lineup would make them the “Bombers” of the West.  Since the trade, the Dodgers are a measly 5-8, and have fallen to five and half behind the Giants in the NL West, and have slipped to a game and a half back of the Cardinals in the Wild Card race.

Although the bats have been dormant of late for the Dodgers it is not like the pitching staff is not to blame at all for the team’s recent struggles.  The pitching staff consistently gives up too many runs, which puts added pressure on the offense.  Now that Billingsly is out for the year, Beckett’s importance is even more clear, as they need him to turn back the clock to when he was the most dominant pitcher in baseball.  If he can come anything close to that, then the Dodgers will have a very solid pitching staff with him and Clayton Kershaw to compliment an offense which should become explosive…anytime now…

But that is all a big If as none of it has happened yet as the Dodgers continue to fall in the standings.  All of that being said the Dodgers still have a real shot to make the playoffs.  In the next ten days the Dodgers have a three game series in San Francisco against the Giants, a three game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks, and four game series against the Cardinals in Los Angeles.  The Dodgers could find themselves back in the playoff picture, or even farther behind with how they do in the next ten days.  If the Dodgers can piece together some timely hitting along with improved pitching you will see the Dodgers in the playoffs this October.

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