Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/9/13
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the season with lofty expectations thanks to a high-priced and star-laden roster. The injury-plagued club, however, is last in the NL West and on the verge of its longest losing streak in nearly five years. Los Angeles will try to avoid that dubious achievement when it faces another cellar dweller, the more frugal Miami Marlins, in Friday night's opener at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers joined the New York Yankees this offseason as the second team in major league history to top $200 million in payroll but so far they haven't gotten much for their money. Los Angeles is seven games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 29, 2011, after getting swept at home by Arizona earlier this week. The Dodgers (13-20) fell to 0-7 this month by blowing a two-run lead in Wednesday's series finale, a 3-2 defeat. Los Angeles has a 5.43 ERA during its skid and has plated three runs or fewer six times. "When we pitch good, we don't hit. When we hit, we don't pitch goo...
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