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In First Place and Playing Catch-Up
2004-07-12 13:19
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers are three games behind San Francisco and two behind San Diego - in the games played column. According to the remaining schedule, barring rainouts, this is how the Dodgers will catch up in games played:

  • Los Angeles gains a GP on San Diego on Thursday.
  • On August 19, the Dodgers play while San Francisco and San Diego both rest. The Dodgers even up with the Padres.
  • On August 23, the Dodgers pull to within one of the Giants.
  • On September 6, the Padres play with the Dodgers resting and again pull one GP ahead.
  • On September 9, the Dodgers catch the Giants for good.
  • On September 27, the Dodgers catch the Padres for good.

    As you can see, the Dodgers have fewer off days than their division competition for the remainder of the season:

  • July: Dodgers 0, Giants 0, Padres 1
  • August: Dodgers 2, Giants 3, Padres 3
  • September-October: Dodgers 2, Giants 4, Padres 2

    The Giants' road trip to pitcher-challenging Colorado on September 7-8 is mitigated by off days on either side, on September 6 and 9. San Francisco has as many off days in September as the Dodgers have remaining in all of 2004.

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