The Dodgers enter the final phase of the season still trailing the Giants in the NL West. Los Angeles also dropped two of three against Colorado at home this weekend. The common theory is the Dodgers got caught looking ahead to this weekend’s series in San Francisco.
Former Dodger and current Sportsnet LA analyst Nomar Garciaparra reinforced that the Dodgers can’t afford to look ahead. Especially this late in the season.
“You’re sitting here now, end of August, you’re into September. Yes, you are starting to peek at that scoreboard. Start having a look. This is playoff baseball now. I always think September is playoff baseball to carry you into the postseason. It’s just a peek…it’s not a look. It’s still the task at hand. You have a really good team in the Braves in front of you, don’t overlook them.”
The Dodgers are guilty of overlooking the Rockies. The vaunted Los Angeles offense scored a total of seven runs against one of the worst pitching staffs in the league. More importantly, they missed two opportunities to pick up ground on the Giants.
Garciaparra also voiced the consensus of most MLB analysts – the Dodgers have plenty of talent to keep racking up wins.
“You need to have timely hitting. Good defense, solid pitching. You have that formula, easier said than done, but then you have that on a regular basis, you’ll take your chances. That’s what this team’s capable of doing. When they do that, they often come out on top. That really needs to be the focus.”
This Dodgers club has all the tools and then some to capture the division for a ninth straight season. In order to do that, they have to win one game at a time.
Like Uncle Nomar says, the Dodgers must simply focus on the task at hand.