It's down to this. Two games left in the regular season, 160 games played. The Dodgers, despite being a middle-of-the-road team on paper on opening day, have hung around long enough to be technically alive for the final two days of the season.
After adding a ton of money and star players like Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Shane Victorino and Josh Beckett at the trade deadline, the Dodgers actually stumbled before getting started.
Though the offense has finally started to click, it may be too little too late, as they need the Cardinals to lose the final two games against Cincinnati, and the Dodgers must sweep the Giants just to force a one-game playoff.
But it's always fun to look towards next year. And you start to wonder, have the Dodgers hamstrung themselves long-term with the changes they made during the 2012 season?
Time will tell. But here's some food for thought on that topic for now: