Monday, September 19, 2011

Last Home Series of 2011 Proves Meaningful After All

Get ready, Dodger fans, because after weeks if not months of meaningless mediocre baseball, the Dodgers have a prime chance to end their final homestand of the year with a bang.

With Arizona's win Sunday, the Diamondbacks' magic number reduced to five. Any combination of five Arizona victories or Giants losses gives the Diamondbacks the NL West title and potentially knocks San Francisco out of the postseason (there is still the Wild Card race, where SF trails Atlanta by 4 games and St. Louis by a half-game (Atlanta's magic number is 7 to win the NL Wild Card).

The Diamondbacks play the Pirates at home tonight at 6:40p. The Giants are idle today...and then they come into town, riding an eight-game win streak, for a critical three-game series if they are to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw vs. Tim Lincecum, round four (Kershaw has taken all three of the first head-to-head meetings this year). Wednesday has Dana Eveland vs. Ryan Vogelsong. And Thursday has Hiroki Kuroda vs. Ashley Bumgarner.

The Dodgers will be in a prime position to deal the fatal blow to San Francisco (with a little bit of help from Arizona in its own series). In our last three home games of the season. With nothing else for which to play except the part of the spoiler.

Let's hope we spend today sharpening our daggers. I can get psyched for this.

17 comments:

Jason said...

*gets psyched*

Mr. Customer said...

WHY WON'T THEY JUST LOSE?!

Damn it all, do we have to do everything ourselves?

Spank Horst said...

Anytime the Dodgers play the Gnats is meaningful and you know this,mang!

Steve Sax said...

Baltimore up 6-4 through six innings in Boston....

Paul said...

When the Giants come to town, it's bye bye baby!

Steve Sax said...

Now O's lead 6-5 through seven. Nervous time for the BoSox...

Josh S. said...

I will be in the yard tomorrow night, in the reserve level.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, O's had second and third with none out and couldn't score in the top of the eighth.

Boston is so going to win this game. Dammit.

Josh S. said...

Here's another dilemma: I want AZ to win tonight, but I don't want Kennedy to get to 20.

Why the passion for Sox/O's, Sax?

Steve Sax said...

6-5 going to the ninth inning in Baltimore, with Boston down by a run

Paul said...

Oh the Red Sux. You make it hard to breath this dying summer air.

Steve Sax said...

hot damn, baltimore wins 6-5

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S. 12:35p: Well, I'm a closet O's fan, for one thing, particularly since visiting OP@CY in 1992, its inaugural year. Though it has been difficult to be an O's fan for all of recent memory.

More because Boston, since winning in 2004, has been absoultely insufferable. They went from lovable losers to annoying arrogant bastards (and I should know about the latter). I can't take it. I've almost become more of a Yankee supporter than a BoSox fan.

I'd like to see the WC race go down to the wire, and TB pull it off.

el montanero said...

@Sax: AMEN! The Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins have all won championships in the last several years. Bawstonians were bad enough when we only had to deal with their grating accents and New England exceptionalism, now they're actually winning shit and have become insufferable.

el montanero said...

And oh yeah, fuck the Giants!

Steve Sax said...

Seattle plates 9 in the third inning off of Cleveland, in Cleveland. Wow.

Jason said...

The Mariners are trying to score more in one game than the Seahawks have this season, to date.

*directs best Nelson Muntz impression at Seattle sports fans*