Taking heart from the Dodgers' mini-roll of two series wins? Well, Tom Verducci has a theory. From "Two months in, season all but over for eight teams in 5-and-5 Club" at SI.com:
Even with wild cards, and despite the life ring of rare outliers such as the 2005 Astros to cling to, teams that are bad for the first two months of the season almost never make the playoffs.[...]
The Twins, White Sox and Cubs have some company in seeing their postseason chances to dwindle to next to nothing before May is over. Though none qualifies as a surprise pretender, the other members of the 5-and-5 Club (five games under, five games out) are:
Team Record Games Under Games Out Astros 20-34 14 11 Nationals 22-31 8 8 1/2 Padres 23-31 6 7 Royals 23-30 7 6 1/2 Dodgers 25-30 5 5 1/2
All but over, you hear? Hope you didn't get your hopes up too high.