What’s up with the
Lost in the euphoria of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter Wednesday was the fact that the 8-0 victory brought the
On June 8, the Dodgers were 9½ games back. Since then they've gone 8-3, which is a nice little run, but not the kind that typically makes up 5½ games in 11 days.
The Giants are giving the Dodgers inspiration with their suddenly lousy play. The Halloween-colored kids have lost five consecutive games and eight of their last nine.
They're practically begging the Dodgers to get back into the race.
What gives? How did the team with baseball's best record, that was 21 games over .500 and giving no indication it would fall back to the pack, go into such an unexpected tailspin?
Best to begin with their starting pitching, which during their nine-game skid has a fat 5.63 ERA. This is a rotation that features what’s left of
Meet the unexpectedly vulnerable Giants.
Apparently the Giants are going to have to turn things around with the horses they already have.
"It's a long time from thinking the cavalry's going to come," Giants General Manager
Sabean has been through all these wars before and prefers to take the long view, figuring — hoping — it's just one those slumps every teams goes through during the course of a 162-game season.
"You have to keep it in perspective," he said. "We were all surprised we ran to 21 games over .500. Having said that, we're surprised we've lost eight of nine."
Meanwhile, buoyed by Kershaw's no-hitter and the Giants' swoon, the Dodgers have some unexpected giddy-up in their step.