Well, it wasn’t necessarily pretty or polished, but the Dodgers did what needed to be done against the San Diego Padres, taking two game out of three and re-extending their lead in the NL West. The Dodgers now lead the division by 3.5 games with 10 games to go in the regular season.
Note to self – do not title a blog post “Do the Dodgers Have a Pitching Problem” because then, they really will.
The Dodgers are without a doubt the best team in all of baseball, as their record and run differential and roster all prove. And it seems silly to nitpick a team that has so much going for it. However.
When you have the best record in the majors, you have the luxury of letting players rest whenever the manager sees fit. After all, the only thing on the line was the Dodgers’ streak of winning series this season.
So far so good for the Dodgers as the last third of the 2020 season nears. They still are the only team yet to lose a series in all of MLB, their run differential is 50 more than any other team, and they have the best record in the land by two games over the Tampa Bay Rays.
While it’s probably entirely too early to start projecting how the exact 2020 postseason roster might look for the Dodgers, it’s not too soon to think about how the team might go about building it.
One can’t be too mad at a loss after seven straight wins, but fans of the Dodgers might think they could have lost a little better.
“My head was, we need to get off this two game snide (sic) and win a game against a good ball club at their place. My heart was saying ‘I wanna beat the crap out of this team and win two games.’”
In a normal season, if the Dodgers had gotten off to a 2-2 start, fans would grumble and make excuses while probably being a little concerned—overall it wouldn’t be that big a deal. After all, even though the Dodgers were playing the San Francisco Giants, who are most definitely in a rebuilding year, it’s still the Giants, and crazy things happen in games against them.
As 2020 Summer Camp continues to sputter along, the Dodgers will soon be shifting their focus on composing a preliminary 30-man Opening Day roster, being that the first official contest of the year against the Giants is less than two weeks away.