Don't turn away from the Dodgers

While the playoffs are unlikely, there are reasons to keep watching the boys in blue

Updated: July 14, 2011, 1:32 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- They call it baseball's second half, but that is a gross misnomer. By the time the All-Star break rolls around every year, all 30 clubs have long since passed the 81-game threshold. That isn't good for teams, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, that have left themselves a huge mountain to climb with less than half a season to do it.

That first series out of the break can be significant, regardless of the opponent. For the Dodgers, there are a couple in recent years that stand ...

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