Artful Dodgers

Padres and D-Backs give L.A. the slip

Back in April, everyone thought the Los Angeles Dodgers would run away with the National League West, and that the San Diego Padres, with their kick-butt pitching staff anchored by Jake Peavy, Chris Young, and All-World closer Trevor Hoffman, were the Dodgers' only speed bump. Well, as this is being written -- mid-August -- the Dodgers are two games over .500, have lost 13 of their last 18, and languish six and a half games behind the front-running Arizona Diamondbacks. The second-place Pads are three back. The damnable Barry Bonds and his SF Giants are 17 and a half back. The latter has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but it warms the cockles of our heart to write it.

Anyhoo, the D-Backs and Pads have been fighting fang and nail for first, as second best in the NL West doesn't guarantee jack-squat in terms of an NL Wild Card spot. So with only 24 games left in the regular season -- 18 against the NL West -- the three-game stand against the Padres is a biggie for the 'backs.


Mon., Sept. 3, 1:40 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 4, 6:40 p.m.; Wed., Sept. 5, 6:40 p.m.
 
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