What's Wrong in Los Angeles?: Dodgers Suffering Slow Start

Justin MarkowitzContributor IApril 29, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Manager Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on before their game against the New York Mets on April 28, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Expectations for the Dodgers are high every single year, and they continue to draw record crowds no matter their record or the economy.

There is just one problem: Fans in Dodgertown are losing their patience from waiting 22 years for a World Series title or even an appearance in the October classic.

With the Dodgers making the National League Championship Series and losing two years in a row to the same team, the Phillies are starting to look like the Dodgers' next great rival.

In all the history of the Dodgers, they have never made the postseason three years in a row. They seem to strike out every time they get the chance.

We are officially 21 games into the regular season, and the Dodgers are an embarrassing 8-13. This team is one of the best teams in the National League on paper; however, paper fails to mention injuries.

In 2005, when only three players had more than 400 at-bats and Yhency Brazoban took over as closer, it was clear that the 71-91 record lied to the fans about the potential that ball club had. Nearly every position had a player that was on the disabled list that year. It's five years later and not even one month into the season, and already seven key players are either hurt or are on the disabled list.

The Dodgers are not the Cubs; there is no curse on them preventing them from getting a World Series title.

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I know this sounds like a distress call to the baseball gods, but in all reality there should be nothing to worry about. April is coming to a close, as is the horrible opening act for the Dodgers. May is a new month full of new adventures and possible record-breakers lurking in the future. As long as there isn't a flurry of more injuries, the Dodgers still have a good shot at having an amazing season.

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