With the Dodgers and the Giants playing second division rivals Padres and Diamondbacks, the focus this weekend needs to be on getting the job done. The Giants aren’t likely to lose many games to the D-Backs. Therefore, the Dodgers need to get the job done and beat the Padres as many times as possible.
Just don’t do anything stupid. If that seems easy, you haven’t spent much time around the Dodgers. Do you want to know why Vinny talks so much about the importance of the catcher blocking low pitches? Probably because Mickey Owen let strike three and the 1941 World Series slip right on by him. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/15/sports/baseball/15OWEN.html
Keep Paul Maholm and Chris Perez out of the game unless we are losing by 5+ runs late in the game. Take Hanley out of the game if we’re leading by 2+ runs in the eighth inning. Catch routine fly balls with two hands. Hit the cutoff man. Don’t bunt on the first pitch with Dee Gordon on first base.