Getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium wasn't exactly the Los Angeles Dodgers' idea of a good start to the second half of the 2010 season.
After a relaxing three day break and a dropped four game series upon returning back to work, the Dodgers find themselves in fourth place in the NL West and 5.5 games behind the division-leading San Diego Padres.
Blame it on the humidity, the starting pitching, the bullpen, the lack of offense, the injuries, or questionable substitutions—the reality is that these four games are in the history books, and the beginning to the second stanza of play cannot be changed.
However, despite their record in the standings, there's no reason for folks in Dodgertown to panic just yet. There's still 70 games remaining on the schedule, and the Dodgers are quite capable of making a strong run down the stretch.
The following slides highlight five reasons why the Los Angeles Dodgers should still be considered strong contenders in the second half of the 2010 campaign.