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October looks brighter with Kershaw, Hill, Maeda

October looks brighter with Kershaw, Hill, Maeda

For the first time this season, the Dodgers could see October.

The Chicago Cubs could see October from the day they reported to spring training. The Washington Nationals could see it in April, when they won nine of their first 10 games and Daniel Murphy emerged as Babe Ruth for a new millennium.

The Dodgers? In the first half, their hitters did not hit. In the second half, half the game became the new normal for their starting pitchers, at least for the few that were healthy enough to deliver five innings.

You could see the Dodgers getting into the playoffs. You could not see them lasting very long, at least not until Wednesday.

Game 1? Clayton Kershaw, of...