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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 taste like Old Bay Posted: August 26, 2009 at 10:45 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   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. Shock 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.

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