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One Side Fits All
2003-04-03 08:26
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Existential challenge: Can you name a truly one-sided object?

I'll give you some time to think about it.

The closest I can come on short notice is the Giants' season-opening three-game sweep of the Dodgers in 2002, in which they outscored Los Angeles, 24-2.

But as far as two-wins-out-of-three in a season-opening series goes, 2003 was pretty one-sided in favor of the Dodgers.

The Dodgers outscored Arizona 17-5. Their OPS was .902; Arizona's was .459. They had more than twice as many hits and extra-base hits. They had a team ERA of 1.65 and allowed only 21 hits and walks combined in 27 1/3 innings. And that doesn't account for how well they ran the bases and fielded the ball (Daryle Ward being a notable exception). Six out of eight regulars had outstanding series at the plate and in the field - only Adrian Beltre and Fred McGriff started slowly.

Now it's on to play four games with an 0-3 San Diego team. The Dodgers may not gain much ground in the standings, with Arizona playing Colorado this weekend and San Francisco playing Milwaukee. But more momentum is waiting to be built.

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