First the good news: Nobody in a
Now the bad news: Sunday's 4-3 loss to the
Only that magic number has nothing to do with the combination of Dodgers victories and
It's uncertain if any of the four will be able to play Monday when the Dodgers open their final trip of the regular season in Arizona. And without them the team's sprint to the playoffs has slowed to an unsteady hobble.
"We're just trying to get guys back and get healthy," catcher
That the Dodgers will get to the postseason seems inevitable. Their 101/2-game lead in the division may be the smallest it has been this month, but it's also the largest in in the majors. So with two victories in their four-game series in Arizona, the Dodgers can become the first team to clinch a playoff berth.
It's unlikely the Dodgers will go far in the playoffs with the starting lineup they had Sunday, one that featured an outfield of
"We had a bunch of guys out earlier in the year and we had trouble winning games," said Manager
"Hopefully, we get a little healthier and get a guy back here, a guy back there. But we can't control that."
And now even some of the players in good health have become cause for concern. Left-hander Paco Rodriguez, solid all season, has struggled in September, giving up more earned runs in seven games then he gave up in the previous 10 weeks.
Sunday he gave up a home run to pinch-hitter
Puig, used as a pinch-hitter, made the final out by grounding to shortstop.
"There's ebbs and flows. It's just the way baseball goes," Ellis said. "We're trying to get everybody back on the field healthy.
"We know we have to go and take care of business. We've got to start playing better baseball."