Despite the general state of unhappiness with the Dodgers expressed on various blogs, the team actually has played much better in the last month or so. From July 7, they have won 15 out of 25 games. On Sunday morning, they found themselves 9 games behind in the race for the NL West. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound, it seemed like a good bet that they could have swept the series and moved ahead of the Rockies. Instead, Kershaw could not hold his lead and the team headed back to LA ten games behind the Giants.
Any illusion that the team could have reached the playoffs has dissolved with the loss. With the Phillies, who have the best record in baseball and who have won 9 out of their last 10 games coming into town, the Dodgers face a tough challenge.
Don Mattingly said that the Dodgers need to win every day. He might be exaggerating a bit but they probably need to win 3 of 4 the rest of the way to have any chance to reach the playoffs.
This Day in Dodgers History
On August 8, 2000 – Darren Dreifort hits two home runs and gets the win in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory over the Cubs. The starting pitcher, who hurls 6.2 innings, goes deep in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames.