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Dodgers can’t get it together in the NL wild card mess

Sep 13, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

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The Braves just lost three straight to the Brewers, yet hardly missed a beat in what’s been an ugly week in the NL wild card race.

With the Dodgers getting swept in their brief two-game series against the Diamondbacks, the National League division winners appear set in stone.

Nationals: 89-64 – 8 1/2-game lead
Reds – 87-57 – 11 1/2-game lead
Giants – 81-62 – 7-game lead

Now here are the wild card standings:

Braves – 81-63 – Lost 3 straight
Cardinals – 75-68 – Lost 3 straight
Dodgers – 74-69 – Lost 3 straight
Pirates – 72-70 – Lost 6 straight
Brewers – 72-71 – Won 3 straight
Phillies – 72-71 – Won 7 straight
D’backs – 71-72 – Won 2 straight

The Braves are still in great position for the top seed, yet after the events of 2011, some nervousness is warranted. Fortunately for them, the Cardinals and Dodgers couldn’t make up any ground the last few days, and now those two face each other the next four days, which, I’m almost positive, is going to make it tough for both teams to go on winning streaks.

I’m focusing on the Dodgers here; they’ve scored 13 runs in losing six of their last seven games. They’re 6-11 since  acquiring Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett (and Nick Punto!) from the Red Sox. Matt Kemp is 4-for-32 this month. Hanley Ramirez is in a 4-for-26 slump. Gonzalez is driving in runs — he doubled in both runs in the 3-2 loss tonight — but he’s doing a poor job of getting on base and, as a result, he’s scored just four times in 17 games for the Dodgers.

As things stand now, I have to favor the Cardinals this weekend, even though the series is in L.A. And since the Dodgers have to go to both Washington and Cincinnati next week, circumstances definitely favor the Cardinals if both teams start playing to their ability. If they don’t, well, here come the Brewers and Phillies.

  1. illadelphiasphinest - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Here come the Phillies!!! Thumbs down all you want haters but its true.

  2. ch0psuey - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    How will you feel if/when the Phillies Choke?

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      I don’t think you knw what the term “choke” means in sports… Apparently neither does Matthew Pouliot (next article).

    • CJ - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      I expect it. That said, if they make it to the WC and bounce the Braves, Craig will have to go on an immediate, unplanned vacation to a 3rd world country to avoid all the crap he’s going to get.

    • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      The Phillies were 37-51 in Mid July. They were getting ready to dump stars – and oh, they did. They had their only All Star lose a month, and can only platoon down the stretch. They have played the 2nd half without a 3rd baseman.

      And yet here we are…..so to answer your question, I would feel sad that they didn’t make it, but 157.869% better about next year then I did just a month ago.

      So, as long as we are in full disclosure, what bridge are you going to jump off if they do make it?

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Can Hanley Ramirez really be in a slump when he hasn’t actually been a good hitter going on 3 seasons?

    • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Aha. A man who has been paying attention!

    • gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      This Giant fan thinks he makes a great Fodger SS. Despite the occasional Giant killings, I think he largely fails and will continue to do more failing for the Fodgers in the future. Good for him, them, and all the NL West.
      Am I wrong, or just lazy? Not a great glove + head case/lack of focus + mediocre OBP, + occasional power = great expensive Fodger SS

  4. chill1184 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I can only imagine the amount the laughter that is going on among the rest of the NL West right now.

  5. gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I love the Cards sinking and root for them to exit before the playoffs begin. Would love for the Pirates to wake up and seize this opportunity, as unlikely as that seems at this point. The Dodgers slithering in seems unlikely, too. The BrewCrew and the Phightins seem a stretch just given that they are furthest out, surging or not at the moment.
    Thinking match ups, wouldn’t a rolling and as healthy as they can be Phightins be the team you really don’t want to face in a one game elimination, or series? Not rooting for the Phightins to get that far. Don’t really love the surging Phils story line, good for them, but I liked it better when they were the AgedPhlailins fading away into a murky abyss. But if they do get that far, I like their chances playing in against the Bravos better than the others in the non RedBird group.
    If the Gigantos do finish out, they most likely face the Nats or Reds and all the wild card play in possibilities don’t matter to them. The story lines of facing Dusty in the post season would be fun. They haven’t played well against the Reds or Nats this year, tis a worry.
    Posey MVP!!! GoGigantos

  6. willclarkgameface - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    This is too bad. I don’t know that I expected the Dodgers to play at their season-opening level all year, but this is just pathetic right now.

    Oddly enough, they have gotten WORSE without James Loney. How the hell did that happen?

    • gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Not caring how it got to being this bad for the blue Fodgers down South. Loving that it has gotten this ugly and bizarre for them. I still love me some A. Gonzonlez, but, well, who better to pay for his decline than the Fodgers. I fear for the future, today is good in Giganos land.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        It’s not that bizarre. McCourt did nothing for 5 seasons. New owners picked up contracts for the next 3 seasons. Of course, a Gnat fan has a Gnat mind. No harm in that.

        Once a battery chucker, always a battery chucker.

    • gogigantos - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Since early on the Giants are 14.5 up on the Fodgers. The turds in blue were up 7.5 back in May? or as early as April?

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Because you took on two problems from the Sox and acted like they were saviors

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Look at the the Dodgers strength of schedule earlier in the year. This is their toughest stretch of the season.

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