This time last week was the opening game of a 4 game set against the St. Louis Cardinals. They had a one game lead on the last and final wild card spot over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were, at the time, going to miss the playoffs all together, after a 5-year stretch playing in October.
Entering today’s off day, they are no longer concerned about the wild card. After finishing off a sweep of the Rockies last night, on a clutch home run from Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers now find themselves with their largest first place lead of the year, two and a half games. With 9 games to play this season, all against sub 500 teams, that comes to a magic number of 8. Yes, we can start talking about magic numbers…finally.
The depth on this team is scary good. Who would have guessed Walker Buehler would be this lights on, establishing himself as an imposing, albeit it a sub 200 pound one, number two starter? Puig has been the hottest hitter in the league not named Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen has been looking more and more like his old, dominant self.
We have become spoiled as Dodgers fans. That is for certain. In the history of the Bums, they have never won three consecutive division titles. Now, we are looking at the complete likelihood of finishing off the season and winning the NL West for the sixth time.
By this time next week, the champagne might already be popped, the clubhouse cleaned, and roster decisions being made for the postseason.
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