The Dodgers managed to move slightly closer to the Giants this week in the NL West. But it seems like all year long, they’ve been playing just a step behind San Francisco. And it’s only just now that the Giants are showing signs of slowing down.
But the Dodgers still have work to do. With a month left in the season, they have to continue to win games and at least keep pace. Given the improved health of their lineup and the pending return of big names, that seems very possible.
What the Dodgers do not want is a Wild Card spot. AJ Pollock just spoke this week about how they’re shooting for the division lead and how a Wild Card spot would feel like a disappointment. To him, it doesn’t even feel like they’ve reached the playoffs.
Yeah the wild card is kind of a fake playoff ya know? You think you’re in the playoffs but you’re really not. But it’s crazy, you look at the Giants, they’ve been playing great baseball the whole year. You look at their team and they’ve got a great team. They’ve got good pitching, good defense, their offense is scrappy…it’s going to be a dogfight all the way down until the end.
There’s certainly something to that mindset. The Wild Card series does feel like something that happens before playoffs actually kick off. And the Dodgers definitely don’t want to find themselves in a situation where they are forced to come into the Division Series a little less rested than the Giants, who they would play right now.
The only thing they can do is to focus on the games they have in front of them, not worry about what San Francisco is up to. But the good news is that they get the Giants for 3 games starting tonight. Time to get some distance in the standings.