The 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.