Challenging times for Dodgers

L.A. needs to take most of its games against San Diego to avoid trouble

Updated: July 26, 2010, 6:20 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are 4-1 against the San Diego Padres, 6-3 against the San Francisco Giants and 24-8 against the entire National League West this season. But the sobering reality is that as the Dodgers prepare to play 10 consecutive games against the two teams ahead of them in the standings, seven of them against the division-leading Padres, those accomplishments mean nothing.

Thanks to their inability to consistently beat teams from outside the division, the ...

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