The time has come, friends. The time to break out your fancy, trendy “Sedona red” duds. The time to look south of Chavez Ravine and send all your best wishes to our new best friends, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What am I talking about, you ask? Why would a Dodger blog support a bitter rival? Well, this falls under the “an enemy of my enemy is my friend” theory. Let’s face it, folks – the Dodgers just aren’t catching the Diamondbacks for the NL West title. That ship has sailed. I don’t even feel that bad about it – sure, the Dodgers have massively underachieved, but how can you explain a team as mediocre as Arizona having the record they do? They’ve been outscored on the season by 32 runs, yet they’re 17 games over .500. How is that even possible? According to Baseball Prospectus’ Pythagorean records, they ought to be 5 games under at 61-66. By contrast, the Oakland Athletics have outscored their opponents by 6 runs, yet are 2 games under .500. I mean, what can you do about that? This might just be one of those years in the desert.
The point is, the Snakes should no longer even be on our radar screen. We’re just not making up 6.5 games in a month. But, as bad as the Blue have played lately, it’s not unreasonable to still look at the wild card, where the Dodgers are only 3.5 out. Sure, it’s not the same as winning the division, but ask all the folks in Red Sox Nation if getting in as the wild card really cheapened their 2004 World Series win. I’m going to say, “no.”But while we don’t care about what Arizona does, we do need to care about what the Padres do, since they’re currently leading the NL wild card race. So nothing could help the Blue more right now than for the D-Backs to waltz into San Diego and whomp the Friars.
Of course, none of that will matter if the Dodgers don’t, you know, win a game every now and then. With Washington coming in to town, followed by a head-to-head with San Diego, now-ish would be a great time to start.
- Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness