The Dodgers in 2010 finished fourth with their first losing record in five years and it was enough to convince Joe Torre to step down and turn over the reins to protégé Don Mattingly. The team went 12 games below .500 after the All-Star break and Torre said the young nucleus needed a new, younger voice.
Four Dodgers went to the All-Star Game - Andre Ethier, Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo and Rafael Furcal. Ethier, however, battled after breaking a finger. A distracted Matt Kemp regressed. Broxton never seemed the same after a collapse against the Yankees. Furcal hit .300, but played only 97 games.
Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley swapped roles, as the lefty became the ace with a 2.91 ERA. Kuo put together one of the great seasons ever for a set-up man and Kenley Jansen, a converted catcher, came out of nowhere and was virtually unhittable.
The Dodgers rode an organizational roller coaster in 2011. The team was placed in bankruptcy protection and finished fourth for the second consecutive season, but Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award and Matt Kemp just missed a batting Triple Crown and the MVP Award while playing for new manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw, Kemp and Andre Ethier were All-Stars and won Gold Glove Awards.
Kershaw and Kemp combined for the best pitching/hitting tandem since Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson in 1988. Kershaw led an efficient pitching staff, even though the bullpen had to be rebuilt on the fly after closer Jonathan Broxton was injured. Javy Guerra had 21 saves and fellow rookie Kenley Jansen broke the MLB record for strikeout frequency.
James Loney revived his career with a productive second half and the All-Star break acquisition of Juan Rivera jump-started the offense.
In 2012, the Dodgers went 86-76 and finished second in the NL West in their second season under manager Don Mattingly. It was the club's sixth winning season in the last seven. The club finished 7-1 in the last eight games and missed the second Wild Card berth in the NL by two games.
The season was marked by the May 1 arrival of new ownership - Guggenheim Baseball Management, headed by controlling partner Mark Walter and partners Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly - and a subsequent cash infusion that led to bold in-season acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Brandon League, Joe Blanton, Randy Choate, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford.
Led by defending Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, the pitching staff ranked third in the Major Leagues in ERA and opposing batting average, but the offense struggled while centerpiece Matt Kemp battled injuries.
A.J. Ellis established himself as the starting catcher and Luis Cruz took charge of third base in two of the better developments of the season. But 50 players were used as 20 players spent at least one stint on the disabled list, 10 finished the season on the 60-day disabled list and 13 required operations.
In 2013, the Dodgers finished the season with a 92-70 record and won the National League West title by 11 games, the largest margin in Los Angeles history. They defeated Atlanta, 3-1, in the National League Division Series, and lost to St. Louis, 4-2, in the National League Championship Series.
The Dodgers became the fourth club to finish in first place after being in last place on July 1 or later and the fourth team to win a division in a season in which they were at least 12 games below .500. They are the third team to rally from at least 9 ½ games back to win by at least 10 games. Included in the comeback was the best 50-game stretch in franchise history, beginning on June 22, going 42-8.
At one point the club won 15 consecutive road games, the first NL team to do that since 1957, and they went unbeaten in 18 consecutive series.
Dodgers pitchers led the Major Leagues with 22 shutouts and were second in the league with a 3.25 team ERA. That included Clayton Kershaw, who won his third consecutive ERA title at 1.83, the lowest in the NL since Greg Maddux's 1.63 in 1995, and was the club's lone All-Star. Kershaw combined with Zack Greinke to go 31-13. Kenley Jansen supplanted Brandon League as closer and Brian Wilson, signed in July after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, took over as set-up man.
The offense, with new hitting coach Mark McGwire, was third in the league with a .264 team average, led by Adrian Gonzalez's 100 RBIs. Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all battled injuries, but Ramirez's return in June coincided with the club's turnaround, as did the arrival of Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig.
Injuries were a big part of the story, as there were 25 placements on the disabled list. Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery), Josh Beckett (thoracic outlet syndrome) and Scott Elbert (Tommy John surgery) were lost for virtually the entire season. Matt Kemp went on the disabled list three times, had two operations and his status for next year is uncertain. Andre Ethier played on a microfractured leg.
2014 -- The Dodgers went 94-68 and won the NL West Division for the second consecutive year, erasing a 9 ½-game deficit for the second consecutive year and went without a losing streak of longer than three games. The team had the best road record in MLB (49-32).
Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon represented the Dodgers at the All-Star Game. Kershaw became the first pitcher ever to win four consecutive ERA titles, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, but lost twice in the playoffs. Greinke won a career-high 17 games.
Kershaw and Josh Beckett threw no-hitters. Adrian Gonzalez led MLB with 116 RBIs and tied with Matt Kemp for the club home-run lead with 25. Kemp and Crawford led the club's second-half offensive surge after manager Don Mattingly settled on an outfield alignment of Kemp in right field, Crawford in left and Puig in center with Andre Ethier on the bench. Gordon became the seventh in history to lead MLB with 64 steals and 12 triples.
Closer Kenley Jansen tied for third in NL saves with a career-high 44, but the rest of the bullpen had a late-season fade that was devastating in the postseason.
Shortly after the season ended, the Dodgers named Andrew Friedman president of baseball operations and reassigned general manager Ned Colletti to senior advisor for the president.