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5 Adjustments Los Angeles Dodgers Must Make For Playoff Push

5 Adjustments Dodgers Must Make For Playoff Push

Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Los Angeles Dodgers remain the favorite to win this year's NL pennant despite a slow start to the season. But with major pitching rotation issues, an expected title run is not an absolute certainty. Here are five adjustments the Dodgers must make before the playoffs arrive in order to contend for its first World Series title since 1988.

5. Beat Non-Division Teams

Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
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5. Beat Non-Division Teams

Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Dodgers have feasted on division foes to the tune of 32-18, but have just broken even (23-23) against NL East and Central teams. The well-balanced squad with an abundance of both pitching and hitting also finished a 16-game Interleague schedule with a .500 mark.

4. Play Better At Home

Los Angeles Dodgers' fans
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4. Play Better At Home

Los Angeles Dodgers' fans
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The last-place Chicago Cubs went into Dodger Stadium on Sunday and took the rubber game of the series against the NL West leader. Los Angeles has posted an ordinary 29-26 home record this season and teams that do not play well in their own backyards do not go very far in the playoffs.

3. Stay Healthy

Paul Maholm Los Angeles Dodgers
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3. Stay Healthy

Paul Maholm Los Angeles Dodgers
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With both Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig currently nursing nagging day-to-day injuries, the playoff hopes of the Dodgers might rest on how healthy the team is in late September. Los Angeles will need more starting pitching and has a pair of top prospects, Zack Lee and Chris Reed, waiting for the call.

2. More Clutch Hits

Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
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2. More Clutch Hits

Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
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Los Angeles has struggled to deliver clutch hits with runners on second and third this season and ranks 20th with a .246 batting average. The team fares even worse, batting just .207, with runners in scoring position with two outs. The Dodgers must improve their hitting in the clutch or its title hopes will crumble in the playoffs.

1. Fix Starting Rotation

Hyun-jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
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1. Fix Starting Rotation

Hyun-jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
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While Clayton Kershaw continues his march towards a third Cy Young trophy, the highly-touted Dodgers' starting rotation looks vulnerable these days. Both Josh Beckett and Dan Haren are struggling big-time, and Paul Maholm suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday night.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.