The Dodgers were swept and have lost four straight. Time to panic!
Actually no. It’s not time to panic. The magic number for the Dodgers is 10. With the Boys in Blue hosting Arizona over the next three nights and then heading to Arizona next Monday, the Dodgers have complete control over their own fate.
There are twenty games left in the season and the only way the Dodgers will not make the playoffs will be if they lose more than ten games and the Diamondbacks win more than ten. You can bet that Arizona will not win more than ten and considering the Dodgers are finishing up the season against a limping NL West, the Dodgers will make the playoffs.
However, if your concern is that the Dodgers will fall to any of the NL Central teams, then I share your concern. The Pirates are fucking good, the Cardinals are really good and have always given the Dodgers trouble, and the Reds just cooled the Dodgers off over three games. It will be great when the Dodgers make the playoffs, but losing in the first round is just as disappointing as not making the playoffs at all.
Also of concern are Matt Kemp, Chris Capuano, and possibly Brian Wilson. After going 0-18 with 7Ks in single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Kemp was taking batting practice at Camelback Ranch where he experienced tightness in the hamstring that sidelined him last season. As a result, the Dodgers have shut him down indefinitely. Woe unto him.
Chris Capuano, in the series opener against the Reds, exited after going 1.2 innings. He left with a groin strain. There is still no word as to who will take his spot in the rotation, but lord Jesus if its Volquez, I’ll shit a brick.
Wilson was horrendous on Saturday. He just could not find the strike zone and his pitches looked lazy. It really looked like he was struggling on the mound. Expect an in-depth post on Wilson’s appearances. I’m hoping I can reveal that Saturday was a fluke.
Tonight, Nolasco takes the mound and the expectations for him are high after a series of superb outings. If the Dodgers bats wake up, expect this game to be a joy to watch. Game time is at 7:10 and will be on Primeticket.