Lose a dozen games off the division lead, stagger toward the finish line, then win the
One of the Dodgers already has.
In 2005, when
"I remember the panic was extremely external," McCarthy said. "It was media going on about how this was going to be the biggest collapse ever.
"On the inside, I don't remember it being much different. You just keep playing, and eventually things regress back to the mean in your direction. If you're a good team, you're a good team. You let the hysteria sit on the outside. On the inside, it just stays a group of guys: you do your workout, you do your things, and then you go play baseball.
"Unless you have a thing where it's a complete collapse and a lack of effort and everybody has given up — and that's certainly not the case, and it isn't the case in many places — you keep at it."
The Dodgers plan to use a set lineup as they close the regular season, manager
The lineup: Cody Bellinger at first base, Corey Seager at shortstop, Justin Turner at third base, Chris Taylor in center field and Yasiel Puig in right field, along with some combination of Austin Barnes and Yasmani Grandal at catcher and Logan Forsythe and Chase Utley at second base.
That leaves left field.
"We haven't seen it in two years," Roberts said.
Said Roberts: "Outside of these last couple weeks with us, he's had a very productive year."
Clayton Kershaw starts Tuesday and
Darvish, who never has started at AT&T Park, will get his introduction to the Dodgers-Giants rivalry.
"When we went to San Diego and Arizona, they were constantly saying, 'Beat L.A.,' " Darvish said through an interpreter. "It's the same thing."
The Giants fans just might convince him otherwise.
Hero of ’88
Mel Didier, a scout for multiple organizations in his six decades in baseball and an unsung hero in the Dodgers' greatest moment of the past 30 years, died Sunday night. He was 90.
Didier called it. Eckersley threw it. Gibson hit it, for one of the most legendary home runs in baseball history.