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The Dodgers Are Hobbling And It Doesn't Really Matter

The Dodgers Are Hobbling And It Doesn't Really Matter
From Deadspin - September 8, 2017

Every great baseball team hits a skid at some point or another; the season is too long and too taxing for even the best teams not to. Even the 1998 Yankees, probably the greatest team of all time, spent the first three weeks of September struggling to put together two wins in a row; two years later they closed out the season 3-15 on the way to winning their fourth World Series in five years.

The Dodgers cant seem to get out of the skid. The team that once looked destined for historical greatness has now lost seven games in a row and 12 of their last 13. Their only recent win came in Clayton Kershaws first start back after a stint on the disabled list; last night, Kershaw was pulled in the fourth inning. It was his worst start of the year.

At the end of the night, reliever Josh Ravin gave up two runs on bases-loaded walksthe most undignified of outcomes. The Rockies won 9-1, but the final score barely mattered. Kershaw is, by his standards, pissed. Andy McCullough reportsthat the team has basically resorted to terrible, stale soft rock to try to right the ship:

There are melancholy times. Inside the clubhouse before the game, the playlist burbled with soft rock. The Fray discussed how to save a life. Jason Mraz promised not to give up. Michael Buble insisted the best is yet to come. John Mayer dreamed with a broken heart. All they were missing was Bob Marley swearing that everything was going to be all right.

Look, the Dodgers have 92 wins on September 8; theyre fine, and will finish with 103 wins if they simply play .500 ball over the next three weeks. (Baseball Prospectus projects them to end up with 105, which sounds reasonable considering that theyre blessed with two series against the impotent Giants and one each against the Phillies and Padres.) The Diamondbacks are surging, winning 10 in a row and sweeping their weekend series against the Dodgers, and its still only brought them within 10 games of the division lead. If the Dodgers were to play as badly over their last 22 games as the Red Sox did during their legendary 2011 collapse, Arizona would still have to play .727 ball over the rest of the season just to catch them. The math is the math.

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