31 Games to Go

After narrowly escaping Colorado with a sweep-avoiding-yet-still-terrifying victory, the Dodgers have 31 games left to make a playoff push in 2012. They’re 3.5 games behind the Giants, who somehow haven’t been completely shut down by the PED bust of Melky Cabrera, and they may have to do it with a banged-up Matt Kemp and potentially without Kenley Jansen entirely.

As they return home to kick off a series against Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks tonight, here’s what they’re facing as August turns into September:

4 vs Arizona
3 vs San Diego
[day off]
3 @ San Francisco
[day off]
2 @ Arizona
4 vs St. Louis
[day off]
3 @ Washington
3 @ Cincinnati
[day off]
3 @ San Diego
3 vs Colorado
3 vs San Francisco

I’m assuming you see what I see there, and that’s that the season-ending three game set at home against the Giants from October 1-3, culminating in a 4:15 local start on Wednesday 10/3, could be set up perfectly to be the next chapter in the great Dodger/Giant rivalry.

Or, if the Dodgers don’t get their act together, it could be totally meaningless and a mere reminder of what could have been. 3.5 games, it should be noted, is far from impossible to overcome, especially when they still have six head-to-head matchups against the Giants. After 131 games in 2011, St. Louis was 9.5 games back in the Central, and I think we all remember what happened there.

Still, it’s a difficult schedule, even aside from San Francisco. The Reds & Nationals are the two best teams in the National League so far, and while the Dodgers may get lucky enough to avoid Stephen Strasburg, that’s still going to be a tough road trip. Six against San Diego may seem like a treat, but I’ll bet you’d be as surprised as I am to learn that they have the best record in the league (41-30) since June 9.

As you can see, it’s also a schedule with its fair share of days off, which is much-needed after what seems like an endless string of “20 games in 20 days” stretches. That includes a somewhat odd set of days off around both ends of the Sept. 7-9 series in San Francisco, and almost a total lack of Monday baseball – after the Dodgers face San Diego on Labor Day, they don’t play on Monday again until that final San Francisco series on October 1.

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Vaporshax
Vaporshax

30 games left, can we catch those damn Giants, ARGGGGGHHHH.  Sorry grey goose + venting

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Dee to 60 day DL.

Joey Caltabellotta
Joey Caltabellotta

"Nothing brewing as of right now", according to Colletti as far as picking up a new SP is concerned. So this means we'll have Felix Hernandez by tonight, amirite?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

MLBTR:

Meanwhile, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com that the talent pool that has cleared waivers or remains on waivers is "very thin right now."  Colletti wouldn't completely rule out the idea of an acquisition taking place tonight or tomorrow but said that nothing is brewing at present.

 

bummer

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Looking at traffic, I apparently should have left an hour ago.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

RT @jphoornstra: Don Mattingly said that Chad Billingsley received a PRP injection today. MRI shelved. Team will know more after he visits with doctor

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

All quiet on the waiver front? MLBTR is dead.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

So who gets booted from the 40 man? Matt Angle?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

RT @kengurnick: Reliever Matt Guerrier will be activated from the disabled list today and Josh Wall will be sent down.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

weird to think Vin used to call other sports too

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

So Kenley out indefinately.... any word on whos being brought up?

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Ugh random thunderstorms are the worst... One going through my town atm : /... Rain, loud thunder, lightning, high winds, and we had a brief power outage... Meanwhile Ontario California north from here is fine and further north even better....

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

 @Cadtalfryn This is our version of rebuilding. We pay a bunch of all-stars to be competitive while we rebuild our farm system. Awesomeness.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @DBrim Dee will be eligible Sept. 3rd

RT @truebluela: Dee Gordon to the 60-day. That just means he's ineligible until September 3

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@EephusBlue Too funny. I just commented that there didn't seem to be much going on in the way of rumors and this pops up.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM I like how you ask for his avatar rather than him

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Gilbert_Vengeance Everybody on September 1. No need to DL.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Cadtalfryn Yeah I dont get it. Why the fuck are they waiting for a doctor. That dood should be on call at a moments notice. Thats a million dollar arm

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @ThtsaPaddlin Im not sure I wouldnt prefer it. I have no idea how effective he has or will be

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

 @EephusBlue wait I forgot about Dodgers have $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM So did I. Guess they shot 1.21 GigaWatts of juice into him

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@Bob Meripol @Gilbert_Vengeance I'm in Corona, sunny here.

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue @Cadtalfryn So we can have leverage with other teams via trade

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

I lived in monterey for a year and LOVED the weather.... just sayin@Omer @WestonTaylor @Bob Meripol @Gilbert_Vengeance

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Bob Meripol @WestonTaylor @Gilbert_Vengeance 4. Krusty