As much as the
The Rockies acted like a team ready to disappear a couple weeks ago when they lost eight consecutive games and 11 of 12, but now arrive on a five-game winning streak after sweeping the Giants in a three-game series in San Francisco.
Which leaves the Rockies just two games back of the second-place Dodgers in the NL West, and also in the wild-card race, where the Dodgers hold down the second spot, barely, in the NL.
Now the middle of June is way too early to get overly concerned about the wild card, but if you're treading water like the Dodgers have been -- still more than a half-dozen games out in the West even though the Giants have lost three straight and six of seven -- it's at least something to consider.
If the season ended today, the 37-34 Dodgers would have to play the
Now here come the Rockies, chests all out after their sweep at Phone Co. of the Week Ballpark, and absolutely in the pack chasing down the two wild-card berths.
This wild-card business is dangerous stuff, and as much as the Dodgers still need to focus on the division, in the process it would be nice to create some distance between themselves and that bunch of teams hanging around.
Of course, if you’re the Dodgers and are going to beat up on somebody besides the
Which doesn't mean committing costly errors, overrunning third base and having a brain cramp on a bouncer to second, all of which the Dodgers managed to squeeze into their 6-3 loss to Arizona on Sunday.