Worrying about the Dodgers
- Not that the Dodgers aren't starting to get a wee bit desperate, but confronted with another clinch situation Wednesday night, they changed sports.
Baseball wasn't working, so they tried wrestling.
Failing to show any fight at the plate or on the mound, they did so in the dirt, and did it work?
They were left with a dusty Mark Loretta, a disgusting line score, and once again, that black magic number "one" that has been haunting for nearly a week.
One more win or Colorado Rockies loss from clinching a National League West title.
One step from losing their minds.
Another Dodgers poor start also happened, this time Garland giving up four earned runs in less than four innings, probably pitching his way out of a postseason rotation that is getting shorter and shorter.
The rotation, the biggest postseason question mark, will be written in bold if the Dodgers hitters don't find themselves.
Here's the bottom line. Or rather, two bottom lines:
One, the Dodgers have the best run differential in the National League, and nobody's close to them.
Two, there's little or no correlation between down-the-stretch performance and postseason success.
There aren't any guarantees. The Cardinals and the Phillies and the Rockies are all worthy competition. But the Dodgers should enter next week as favorites to reach the World Series, and there's no particular reason to worry about them.