The beat generation

August, 9, 2011
8/09/11
10:52
PM PT
In football, the good teams beat the bad teams 49-0 or 62-21.

In baseball, the good teams might only beat the bad teams 5-3 or 2-1. The difference over nine innings might not actually be that much. But the real difference is that the good teams just find the way to have that edge again and again and again.

The Dodgers are 23 1/2 games worse than the Phillies this season, but in five games, Los Angeles has yet to lose by more than two runs. Philadelphia is beatable when it plays the Dodgers.

But beatable doesn't mean deficient. We're all beatable. In the end, the question is just whether or not you're beaten. And this is one beaten Dodger team.

Oh, and Dee Gordon re-injured his shoulder.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239