It’s tough to not glance over at the division standings as a Dodgers fan right now. For as well as they’ve been playing lately, Los Angeles still has a gap to close to beat out the Giants in the NL West by the end of September.
And it seems like every time the Dodgers win a game, San Francisco comes through with a victory to keep that distance. But that doesn’t seem to change the mindset of the players and coaches trying to chase them down.
Every time someone is asked about the division race, the answer is that they have to win the games in front of them. That was no different for Dave Roberts this week who said that he is still expecting the Dodgers to take the NL West.
I think with the guys that we have, there is a very ‘win-today’ mindset. So I don’t think there is any added pressure. We’ve got to win. It is what it is. The Giants have earned where they’re at and we’ve got to catch them. That’s just the way it goes. Our goal, our expectation is still to win the division.
Win today, that’s the mantra of the Dodgers as of late. They can’t control what happens with the Giants, but they can control the games that they have in front of them. And to their credit, they’ve come through this week. They took 5 out of 6 on the road trip and have a favorable matchup at home to start the week in the Pirates.
No one envisioned the Dodgers chasing the Giants at this point in the season. But no one predicted the Giants would be playing this well either. It might come down t the wire, but Los Angeles just has to keep winning games and taking as many series as possible.