Trip is early litmus test for Dodgers

Updated: April 19, 2010, 5:04 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It seems a little early in the season to say that the Los Angeles Dodgers are about to embark on a critical stretch. But given that the nine-game trip that begins Thursday represents about 5 percent of their entire regular-season schedule, and given that none of the three teams they will be facing appears to be their equal, it would be a disappointment if the Dodgers came home next week having fallen on their collective faces.

First, there are three with the Cincinnati Reds, and while those ...

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