Sound the panic alarm. The Dodgers lost again. That’s four straight and time to freak out. They’re not making the postseason and if they do, they’re probably not going to make any noise when they get there…..ERRRRRRRNNNNNTTTT.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not guaranteeing a World Series in October, but I’m not ruling it out because they lost four games in August.
The Diamondbacks punked the Dodgers for five runs in the first inning on Tuesday and beat them up for three more in the first inning last night and then stretched that to a 6-0 lead before the Dodgers bats woke up and while they did what they’ve been doing all year and mounted a late-inning comeback, it was too little too late. Which means they’ve officially got themselves a losing streak. And people are freaking out.
And to you, my message is this: chill the bleep out. If you’re a Dodger fan and you’re gripping that this means they won’t win in the postseason, sit down. And if you’re a Dodger hater and you’re using these four games as evidence that they can’t win in the postseason, shut up. They still have a 17-game lead in the division and the best record in baseball by a country mile. The Diamondbacks are red-hot and have come out swinging in this series, mashing the Dodgers starting pitchers. Rich Hill throws a 9-inning no-hitter and gets roughed up by the D-backs in his next outing. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who rarely gives up home runs gives up two in the first and three in four innings.
Yes, they’ve lost four straight games. It’s also the first time they’ve lost four straight. Think about that. They nearly made it through August without losing four straight. Manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that after the game: “Up to this point, we’ve played very good baseball and had guys step up and be the stopper, whether it’s two games or three games or even one game for us. This is uncharted territory for us this year.”
He also pointed out this bleeding obvious fact: the two teams they’ve lost to have been pretty good. It’s the Brewers and Diamondbacks, not like they’re getting swept by the Phillies and Mets: “It is one thing where you are beating yourself and another thing where this team over there got some momentum. They are playing well. They have some energy and they are getting good pitching, we haven’t quite. We haven’t laid down. We would rather take it now than the end of September.”
Justin Turner chased that with a comment of his own: “It’s good for us. Going through adversity, dealing with stuff we haven’t dealt with in awhile.”
Normally, I’d say that’s a load of garbage, that losing is never good, but in this case, he’s right. It’s a nice little wakeup call for a team that’s been steamrolling everyone in sight. Now they’ve hit a bump and they’re going to have to dig a little deeper to respond.
Oh, and they’re going to get healthier. They just got Cody Bellinger back last night and they’re getting Clayton Kershaw back tomorrow. You think having the soon-to-be Rookie of the Year and the best pitcher in baseball back might make a difference? I do.
Last night wasn’t about the Dodgers or the Diamondbacks, it was about the Karma. The ultimate test for Jungle Karma. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson both came on the show, both did great interviews, and then squared off a few hours later. So what would happen? Who would have the karma? Would it be an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object? Yes. Yes. And yes. Because the only unstoppable force in this world is the karma. It goes where it wants, it impacts who it wants. And last night, it impacted both.
Granderson: home run, walk, and 2 RBI. Lovullo: sixth straight win and second straight over the best team in baseball. Yeah, I said it, the best team in baseball. Because that’s what the Dodgers are and what they will remain until someone beats them four times in a seven games series, not four times in August.