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The homestand that was to turn the Dodgers season around has only made it worse

June 25, 2011 |  9:12 am

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This was to be the homestand that righted the Dodgers, that at least got them to .500, left them poised to make a move.

Twelve games, longest homestand of the year. Big opportunity.

The Dodgers came off their road trip with a record of 31-36, 6½ games behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

But 10 games into their homestand, the situation has only grown more alarming. The Dodgers have gone 3-7. Instead of closing in on the lead, they’ve fallen nine games back as they've dropped to 34-43.

Last year it took 91 wins to make the playoffs in the National League. The Dodgers would have to go 57-28 the rest of the way to reach 91 victories, a .671 winning percentage.

The best winning percentage in baseball right now is owned by the Phillies -- at .618. The math looks all bad.

"We just have to keep grinding," goes the refrain.

Only time is running out, even if it’s still June.

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Photo: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp flips his bat as he starts his trot following a two-run home run against the Angels in the first inning Friday night in an 8-3 loss to their Southland rivals. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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