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Can't Afford to Blink
2003-09-10 09:11
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

A couple of weeks ago, the wild-card race looked like a blooper reel. Now, it's more like Web Gems.

The Dodgers have won 10 of 12. The Phillies have won 10 of 12. The Marlins have won 10 of 12.

In the words of Col. Peron in Evita, "So what happens now?"

You know that aside from playing Arizona, epic struggles await the Dodgers in the form of their biggest psych-out teams, San Francisco and San Diego.

After a day game against the Mets today, Florida plays 13 consecutive games against the top two teams in its division, Atlanta and Philadelphia, before finishing with three against New York.

The Phillies, on the other hand, have 10 games left with their top division rivals, but also three against Pittsburgh and three against Cincinnati.

From a Los Angeles perspective, this still looks like Philadelphia's race to win. People in the City of Angels tend to be mighty afraid of the Padres.

And the pendulum has swung both ways with the Dodgers all season:

W-L ... Dates
9-13 March 31- April 24
35-16 April 25 - June 21
10-26 June 22 - August 2
23-11 August 3 - September 9
?-? September 9 - September 28

But the Dodgers have been conquering some demons, real and imagined, over the past week. If they find a way to expose the last-placedness that lies within San Diego, we may witness somethin' somethin'.

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