Thankfully, my worries were unfounded.
Over the next 18 innings, the Dodgers proved in every way possible that this wasn’t just a heartless roster of all-stars, but a motivated and determined group of them.
First was the embarrassing 17-0 beatdown that they laid on San Francisco Saturday night.
You think 9-0 was tough to endure? Imagine being on the wrong end of a 17-0 game the following night.
And while many wondered whether the Dodgers had anything left in the tank for Sunday, they did just enough — gutting out a tough 4-2 win behind Kershaw. It was almost like they needed to prove they could win any way they wanted.
We’ll blow you out one night and scrap the next — take your pick.
This team had every reason to pack it in on Saturday and Sunday — they had been embarrassed in the biggest game of the season.
But they didn’t.
Instead, they did just the opposite — they found a fire they’ve been lacking for much of the season and harnessed it to earn the two biggest wins of their season.
So yeah, a three-game division lead is nice, but that doesn’t get you much once the playoffs start.
That whole fire and determination thing? Slightly more helpful.
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