Just two years removed from a 95-win regular season and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers suddenly look like one of the lowliest teams in all of baseball.
The Dodgers have lost 10 out of their last 15 games, are currently 5.5 games out first place in the NL West and rank towards the very bottom of the NL in runs, OPS, and bullpen ERA.
Part of the Dodgers' struggles can be attributed to the vast number of injuries that the Dodgers have suffered. While the starting pitching staff has remained relatively healthy this season, the Dodger infield and bullpen have been decimated by injuries.
Making matters worse is the current owner's situation, which has put the Dodger franchise in somewhat of a financial bind. Even if the Dodgers are sold in the next several weeks, which is beginning to look like a real possibility, it is unlikely that the team will make any sort of major moves until a new owner is put in place, which does not figure to happen until after the season.
Dodger fans are typically among the most loyal and highest attending in the sport, but these days, they are running out of reasons to follow the team.
However, Dodger fans still have these 10 things to look forward to in 2011.