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The Dodgers lost to Washington, 6-2, Monday night, and as Times writer Kevin Baxter wrote,
"That ended a two-game winning streak and left the Dodgers winless in eight consecutive games against teams not from Miami. So with eight of their next 11 games against teams a combined 21 games over .500, things could get worse before they get better."
"The Angels are 10 games out of first place. They have not been so far behind so early in a season since 2001.
"That was the year before the World Series, the decade of success, and the transformation into perennial contenders. Not too many fans showed up, and the few who did had little expectation the team would play in October.
"In 2001, the Angels filled out their starting rotation by signing Pat Rapp and Ismael Valdes. The veterans would eat some innings, and the Angels would see if their kids could pitch.
"This is 2001 all over again, but with a major-market payroll and World Series expectations."