Today’s the start of a big series for the Dodgers against the San Diego cellar-dwelling Padres. It doesn’t matter what SD’s record is, though. If they’re out of contention, they live for one thing in November: eliminating the Dodgers from Postseason contention. They’ll be out in force tonight, going that same extra mile the Jints went in the last series to snag every ball within 7 feet of them. In my paranoid mind, they’re confrencing with the Giants right now, comparing notes on every Dodgers player on every level of relevance.
But only one thing can be certain for now: What was once a 4 1/2 game lead is now a 2 game lead, and we have 6 to play. Sure, we can hope the Cards will do our work for us, but if the Dodgers want to make the Postseason, now would be the time to earn it, since there is no coasting when within a week of the season’s end, and SD and SF on tap.
Will post another blog before too long…
After that last series, this is the only thing that is keeping my spirits up. Well, that and we’re still in 1st. Before the ARI-STL game tonight, ESPN still gave the Dodgers a 93% chance of making the playoffs. Looking at the 3-1 ARI score now, I’m sure that number will go down. The Dodgers will either celebrate clinching the division at the Phone Booth, or the Jints will be dancing on the shards of broken dreams.
Either way, this is the kind of stuff I live for. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have the playoffs clinched a long time ago. But it’s never that easy for the Dodgers, and this is why the Dodgers-Giants rivalry is among the most storied in sports, I can’t think of many rivalries that have crossed a continent almost intact.
So bring it on, Giants. We’re ready, and now we’re angry too.