Catching the Giants, let alone overtaking them for the top spot in the division, is looking increasingly unlikely. A more realistic goal at this point might be trying to beat out the St. Louis Cardinals for one of the NL's two Wild Card spots. The Dodgers are only one game behind the Cards in the NL Wild Card standings.
But for the Dodgers to qualify for the postseason, they obviously have to play better than they have in recent weeks. Since their blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers have a 6-9 record and are in danger of falling out of contention rather than surging into competition for a postseason bid.
However, for the Dodgers to play better, they need several players to produce more than they have. In particular, two of the three hitters the team acquired at the non-waiver and waiver trade deadlines need to provide the sort of run production that was expected of them when they were acquired. But it's not just the new guys that need to come through either.
If the Dodgers are going to make the playoffs, they need the following five players to step up their games through the remaining three weeks of the regular season.