As they say, timing is everything. (Unless you're in real estate, then it's location, location, location.) Just over a week ago the Dodgers were coming off three consecutive series losses, including sweeps by the Phillies and Nationals, and a 9-3 loss to Arizona. Eight losses in a row—a season high.
Turn the page to September and the Dodgers suddenly have three consecutive series wins of their own, including two sweeps. Most importantly, they won five of their final six games with Arizona, upping their season record to 10-8 against the Diamondbacks. Eight wins in a row—tying a season high.
Everything the Dodgers need to win has been on display during the past eight games. In this span they've hit 14 total home runs, they've scored at least five runs per game, their starter hasn't gotten the win only once, and they've made only three total errors.
Timing is everything, and the Dodgers hold a 1.5-game lead over Arizona heading into their final 19 regular-season games. Although 13 of these 19 games are on the road, all 19 games come against teams a combined 83 games under .500.
"If you win your share of games, you're going to finish in first place," said Torre after today's game. "And if you don't win, it's nobody's fault but your own." In other words, the only thing that can prevent the Dodgers from winning the division is the Dodgers.