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Dodger manager Dave Roberts approaching Ross Stripling (#68) on the mound during the Dodgers’ 7-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix last night. Photo courtesy of latimes.com
THREE GAMES LEFT IN THE 2018 REGULAR SEASON
THE DODGERS’ SITUATION:
- Record: 88-71, 1/2 game behind the Colorado Rockies after having a two and a half game lead this past weekend
- Lost last two games to the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Next/Last Opponent: San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, September 28-30
Let’s not sugarcoat this…
After losing back-to-back games to the Diamondbacks and getting knocked out of the top spot in the division, those Dodgers are in real trouble.
Now it’s not just about repeating as National League West Division champions for the sixth straight time and – more importantly – avoiding the one-game, one-and-done Wild Card playoff this coming Monday.
It’s about the very real possibility of those Dodgers missing the postseason altogether.
Which would be absolutely devastating to Dodger fans after seeing their team in the World Series for the first time in 29 years last season.
And will definitely happen if the lose one or two games in San Francisco this weekend.
The Rockies are playing the Philadelphia Phillies, who they have owned as they have smashed them all this week, this afternoon at Coors Field in Denver.
Since they have more or less been able to name the score against Philly, it’s an excellent probability that the Dodgers will be a full game behind the Rockies when they awaken at whatever five-star hotel in San Francisco they may be staying in tomorrow morning.
Which will mean that three things need to happen:
- They need to sweep the Giants, which won’t be easy to do as although they were never in contention all season, being the Dodgers’ longtime hated rivals I know, as sure as I’m typing this, that there would be nothing sweeter for those Giants than to be able to knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs and to end their season; send them home for October. In other words, to “Beat L.A.!” – which is what those orange and black-clad fans will be screaming all this coming weekend,
- Hope that the Cardinals, who are one game behind the Dodgers for the second Wild Card spot, get beaten (preferably swept) by their last opponent of the regular season, the Chicago Cubs, at Wrigley Field, and…
- Hope that the Rockies to lose at least twice to avoid a one-game playoff for the division title at Dodger Stadium next Monday; if the Rockies sweep the Washington Nationals (their last opponent), they will have broken the Dodgers’ six-year reign as Kings of the West.
So that’s the situation for the Dodgers that finished 2017 one win short of their first World championship since 1988.
If they play against the Giants like they did their last two games against the D-Backs, and ultimately fall short of their ultimate goal, then…
They don’t deserve to be any kind of champion – World, National League, or anything else.