Monday, September 09, 2013
Ricky Nolasco (7-1, 2.27) vs. Randall Delgado (4-5, 3.69)
Four-game losing streaks suck. There's no sugar coating it. That said, let's focus on some positives:
The Diamondbacks can't catch us head-to-head.
There are only seven games remaining with the DBacks, including tonight. The Dodgers' current lead in the NL West is 11 games. The Magic Number currently stands at 10. While it would have been nice to have a shot to clinch during this series, sweeping it to drop the Magic Number to 4 isn't too shabby. Plus, the DBacks just dropped two of three to the woeful Giants. Oh, and according to their own game notes (sent to us by SoSG regular Dusty Baker's Toothpick), they don't even know who they're facing tonight!
Puig and Hanley can hit baseballs into space.
No arguing that the offense has been asleep for the last four games (and possibly even longer), but Puig and Hanley did take turns obliterating home runs over the weekend. If they can keep that up while everybody else is shaking off the funk, this should be a fun series.
Hello Kitty is good luck.
It's Hello Kitty Mini-Bobblehead Night! As weird as the Dodgers/Sanrio mascot relationship may seem, the team has thrived on Hello Kitty promotion nights. (They may even be undefeated. I researched as far back as 2011 and didn't find a loss.)
And last, but certainly not least...Vincent Edward Scully.
Tonight begins twenty straight games called by Vin on TV. No more Collins and Lyons. No more national broadcasts (at least until October). Just the sweet, sweet storytelling of the master.
The end is in sight, lads. Stay on target!