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Perspective
2004-07-01 09:46
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

As commenter Ben P pointed out this morning, the Dodgers' recent woes have hardly knocked them out of the playoff hunt. Even if Los Angeles loses a game in the standings tonight against Jason Schmidt, it will be 4 1/2 games behind in the division and only three games back in the wild card. (Who had July 1 in the pool for the first annual mention of the wild card?)

Trends are trends, and the Dodgers are sluggish right now. But if the Dodgers get a healthy Odalis Perez back, and if Edwin Jackson can cut Hideo Nomo's ERA in half, the Dodgers will do better. Those aren't the two biggest ifs in the world.

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