The Dodgers must feel like they got into Doc Browns Delorean a week or so ago and emerged back in May 2013. The beautiful coach is back to a pumpkin, the proud white stallions are back to their true identities as field mice, and the Karl Hubenthal drawing of the powerful he-man with a cleft chin and barrel chest is now back to the iconic image of the Brooklyn Bum.
The Dodgers of the fantastic winning streak after the All Star Game are back to playing like they did when mired in the cellar a few months ago. But, apart from the 19-3 beat-down at the hands of the Giants, the majority of the losses during this losing streak have been low scoring games decided by one run.
While it takes a 25 man team (except for September) to win a division title, the Dodgers have had to contend with a multitude of injuries to their key players, including the starting outfielders: Hanley Ramirez (pinched nerve in neck causing hamstring pain), Carl Crawford (back), Andre Ethier (ankle) and Yasiel Puig (?). Ironically, Matt Kemp, who has missed most of the season, most recently with the ankle and hamstring injuries, could be the healthiest of them all. He is likely to be activated before tonight’s game.
Two seems to be a theme in many songs and sayings in our culture: “It Takes Two”, “Tea for Two”, “Just the Two of Us”, and other songs, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd” and other sayings. Tony Jackson reminded us in his DodgerScribe blog that the Magic Number is not four, but two as we go head to head against the Snakes. Each game that the Dodgers win against Arizona results in a two game subtraction from the Magic Number.
It’s time for this year’s version of “The Stuntmen” to step up the plate literally and figuratively, suck it up, and get the job done and get the Dodgers back to winning. After all, it only takes two.