By Jon Weisman
The Giants pitched three straight shutouts in May, and the Dodgers’ season was over. That’s what I was told.
The Dodgers lost five straight on the road in Oakland and Houston, and their season was over. That’s what I was told.
There were two no-hitters in nine days, and the Dodgers’ season was over. That’s what I was told.
So my question is, now that the Dodgers have lost four straight and lead the National League West by six games with 12 to play, what are people worried about? I mean, the season’s been over since May. Over and over and over.
Or is it that the season wasn’t over then, or then, or then, and isn’t over now?
Losses and injuries — the latest being Zack Greinke’s sore right calf, forcing him out of tonight’s start — don’t look pretty. There’s certainly a scenario for the season to end sooner than Dodger fans want it to. I get impatience. I get insecurity. Personally, I’m still hoping the division is wrapped up before the Dodgers even set foot again in San Francisco.
But just consider this a friendly reminder not to assume the worst. Because in case you haven’t noticed, this has been a pretty resilient team.