Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Ways They Could Play Spoilers This Year

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Ways They Could Play Spoilers This Year
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It is not a position that any team likes being in.

Spoilers are just a euphemism for being eliminated—and the only role the Dodgers can play for the second season in a row.

At 13.5 games behind the first place Arizona Diamondbacks and with the NL West being a two-team race between the D'Backs and the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers will limp to a disappointing finish. 

The 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers season has been marred by the inexplicably continuously-decaying financial situation. The lack of production on the field has only magnified the franchise's deep problems.

Many are calling for a complete clearing of the house before the 2012 season, assuming the ownership situation is cleared up with the infamous Frank McCourt. 

The only way the Dodgers can affect the final outcome of the MLB season is by spoiling it for contending teams.

They will get the opportunity to ruin it for the contenders, as they have 18 games left against teams vying for one of the NL's four playoff births. 

With six games against the Arizona Diamondbacks and six games against the Giants, along with three games against both the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dodgers could really make the road a lot more difficult for their old rivals.

Out of the four teams, the Dodgers have a long-lasting rivalry with all of them except for the Braves. 

Furthermore, with Matt Kemp contending for the NL MVP and Clayton Kershaw posting up numbers akin to a NL Cy Young winner, the Dodgers have individual pride and awards to play for as well.

Also, the next six weeks will be an extended period of auditioning for young players such as Justin Sellars, Nathan Eovaldi and Josh Lindblom. 

Let's check out how the Dodgers are going to play a major role in the September playoff push. 

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