Max Scherzer wasn’t very mad today on the mound as he surrendered as many runs (5) in this start as his other 9 other starts with the Dodgers. Thanks to the Coors Field atmosphere, the offense was able to outslug the Colorado Rockies in extra innings.
With the win over the Rockies, and the San Francisco Giants eventually being walked off by the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers find themselves back to within a game of first place. Many fans have been constantly watching the scores of the Dodgers and Giants, while many players probably are as well. However, Scherzer noted that he doesn’t waste time eyeing the scoreboard of another game.
“No, I just worry about us. I think if we win, we win. That’s how I approach it. I’m not a big scoreboard watcher, not until there’s a true magic number where you can clinch or something like that. Trea and I joke, these guys [the Dodgers] have no idea what it’s like to be in second place. For us, we just know to put our nose in the dirt and and just keep going forward.”
Despite spending a majority of this season trailing the Giants, the Dodgers haven’t spent much time in second place in the NL West over the last 8-9 years. They’ve won 8 straight division titles thanks to their insane amount of talent and depth. No one has to remind them of what’s at stake and no one has to remind them of what they can do.
While the Giants have managed to perform at a high level this year, the Dodgers have themselves to blame as well. They’ve had plenty of opportunities to help their own cause, only to come up with nothing. Scherzer may not be watching the scoreboard, but many of his teammates presumably are. With 9 games remaining, it’ll likely come down to the very end with a possible Game 163 to settle the west.