How Will the Dodgers Win Today?

dodgers_aug13The list at right, grabbed from the ESPN Dodgers page, shows the team’s August so far. That’s 13 wins in 14 August games, 32 of 39 since the beginning of July, and 40 out of 48 since this absurd run began in late June. They win against bad teams in the Cubs and Mets; they win against excellent teams in the Cardinals and Rays. They win at home; they win on the road. They win with Hanley Ramirez, and they win without him. They win against Matt Harvey, David Price, & Adam Wainwright; they win against Carlos Martinez, Dillon Gee, & Chris Rusin.

They just win, and they win so much that despite the continual heroics by the second-place Diamondbacks — who, incredibly, walked off against Baltimore for the third day in a row — it doesn’t seem to matter what the competition does. Arizona has gained zero games in those three days, and they’ve in fact lost four games in the standings just since August 1.

On a late Wednesday night, they won because Yasiel Puig has a ridiculous throwing arm and takes extra bases on plays he has no business being able to do so on. They won because Jerry Hairston hit Mets closer LaTroy Hawkins in the most unfortunate of areas, and then being fortunate enough to have Mets manager Terry Collins decide to leave Hawkins in despite post-game quotes that included “I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts. … I can walk a little bit now. But at first I couldn’t walk at all. … When I lift my leg, I can feel my balls in my throat, but I thought I could get through it.”

They won because the bullpen, that glorious bullpen, kicked in seven scoreless innings after Chris Capuano was ineffective, and they won because Andre Ethier came off the bench to be the hero, smashing a pinch-hit two-run game-tying homer off Hawkins immediately after the Hairston play. They won because Adrian Gonzalez, the man under the most pressure of anyone to make the Boston trade look good, because all of the effort and dollars and prospects were specifically to get him, continued what’s been a very good season by contributing three hits, including the game-winner.

They won because they’re the Dodgers, and this Dodger team never, ever loses. And so I ask, how are they going to win today? Who will be the hero? The mere fact that there isn’t actually a game on the schedule today as the team heads east to Philadelphia and then Miami seems to be splitting hairs, because even that doesn’t seem to be enough to stop this team right now. Your 2013 Dodgers, friends: making possible that which just shouldn’t be possible.

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Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

pfft, i could put up a threat, but you don't even read it.

DodgerNoLongerLivingintheBay
DodgerNoLongerLivingintheBay

MSTI Europe Bureau is no longer. Back in the States waiting for my flight home. One week from tonight, I'll be at the Stadium for Sox-Good Guys.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Ugh. Dodgers Nation retweeted me.

I'm going to go punish myself for committing such a sin.

Dang88
Dang88

Tonight: Greinke VS. It doesn't fucking matter

DBrim
DBrim moderator

So that ESPN the magazine thing - do they do the magazine thing digitally? I don't want a giant pile of magazines that I will never read.

dodgerfn91
dodgerfn91

Hey guise remember John Lindsey? yeah me either...

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

The fact that Marriott is offering me 40,000 bonus points for staying in their hotel once is a sign that hyperinflation is a serious issue for the rewards points market. 

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Seeing Kuroda flash acros the screen as having the 2nd best ERA in the AL makes me so angry.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

I am board as shit at work. Yet, I cannot go home...damn you responsibility!

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@dodgerfn91 but he put up big numbers in AAA! he was going to be the next Paul Konerko!

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

But hey, at least we have Capuano and had Harand.