Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NBC L.A. | The Dodgers Will Be Better Off Because Of Slump

Back on June 3, the Dodgers were 15.5 games ahead of Colorado. However, since the All Star game the Dodgers are a pedestrian 18-19, while the Rockies have been red hot. The result is the Dodgers with a three game division lead heading into a three game series in the thin air of Denver.

It may not feel like it, but this is a good thing.

To see why, turn back the clock a year and look down to Orange County. You’d see an Angels team that, like the Dodgers in June, had built up a seemingly insurmountable lead. The difference is that the Angels continued to play fairly well,  and nobody in their division made a run at them. The Angels coasted to 21-game division win.

Then they coasted into the playoffs and were ousted in the first round by the Boston Red Sox three games to one.

Coasting can lead to a flat team not ready to rise to a challenge—and a couple months back that looked like the Dodgers. But their mediocre play has closed their lead and forced them to focus.

Now they have to be sharp. That will carry over into the playoffs (which the Dodgers almost certainly will still make).

somewhere, Willie McCovey reads in admiration…

Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: August 26, 2009 at 10:45 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Craig Calcaterra Posted: August 26, 2009 at 12:55 PM (#3305389)
Denial is the first stage of grief.

EDIT: wait, I think shock is. Still, denial is up there.
   2. Tripon Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:33 AM (#3306387)
Dodgers win 6-1.
   3. Ryan Lind Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:39 AM (#3306389)

EDIT: wait, I think shock is. Still, denial is up there.
'

If I'm the first step, you're going up the wrong staircase.
   4. Srul Itza Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:40 AM (#3306390)
Denial is the first stage of grief.

EDIT: wait, I think shock is.


Shock and denial . . . and fear . . . and a fanatical devotion to the Pope.
   5. puck Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:48 AM (#3306394)
I guess it's all for the best. If Adam Eaton, Matt Herges, and Josh Fogg had earned wins in consecutive games, there might have been a rupture in the space-time continuum.

EY Jr is now 3-8 with 2 CS's in his career.
   6. Tripon Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:57 AM (#3306401)
Those two Caught Stealing were bizarre. First one was a pick off that EY had no business being so far away from the first base bag with a lefty on the mound.

The 2nd was also a pick off move, where Young broke for 2nd, realized he was going to out by a mile at 2nd, ran back halfway to first, made it, and then slid right off the bag to be tagged out.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam M
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogYadier Molina serves his brother crackers on a plate — home plate
(30 - 5:26pm, Jul 24)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogSports Reference Blog: 1901-02 Orioles Removed from Yankees History
(42 - 5:25pm, Jul 24)
Last: SOLockwood

NewsblogEx-MLB star Chuck Knoblauch accused of assaulting ex-wife
(1 - 5:24pm, Jul 24)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogTwitter / Ken_Rosenthal: Mariners announce acquisition of Kendrys Morales for RHP Stephen Pryor.
(8 - 5:24pm, Jul 24)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3010 - 5:20pm, Jul 24)
Last: The Good Face

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(909 - 5:17pm, Jul 24)
Last: HMS Moses Taylor

NewsblogAs shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change
(88 - 5:16pm, Jul 24)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

NewsblogOMNICHATTER: 7-24-14
(30 - 5:11pm, Jul 24)
Last: Davo Dozier

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2014
(9 - 5:01pm, Jul 24)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogBuck Showalter, Tommy Hunter bemoan shrinking strike zone in Orioles loss
(8 - 4:58pm, Jul 24)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogIntentional Walk Issued to Bonds Yields Unintentional Disbelief (Happy Birthday, Barry)
(6 - 4:57pm, Jul 24)
Last: Batman

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014
(381 - 4:56pm, Jul 24)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

NewsblogFivethirtyeight: Billion-Dollar Billy Beane
(10 - 4:54pm, Jul 24)
Last: AROM

NewsblogCSN: Enough is enough — time to move on from Ryan Howard
(68 - 4:18pm, Jul 24)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogPaper of Record Archives (Vintage Sporting News) Gone
(31 - 4:14pm, Jul 24)
Last: Batman

Page rendered in 0.1466 seconds
53 querie(s) executed