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With both college football and the NFL going ahead full steam, it’s been hard to really pay attention to the goings-on of the Dodgers. And there is a good reason for that.

The Dodgers just plain stunk it up at Telecom-of-the-Moment Park against the Giants. Each game featured a Dodger pitcher giving up crucial runs late in the game. Jonathan Broxton gave up home runs in Friday’s and Sunday’s games, and David Wells managed to only give up two runs in a dicey sixth inning on Saturday to preserve the victory.

You know a series isn’t going well when Takashi Saito doesn’t make an appearance. The August DHL Delivery Man of the Month (I’m not joking about this one) awarded to the most outstanding relief pitcher was brought on in a non-save situation Saturday. Saito has been lights out in August converting all 10 save situations he was in while posting a 0.68 ERA and giving up only one run in 14 games.

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All that aside, this week is a make-or-break week for the Dodgers. They start with a three-game series against the Padres on Tuesday and a weekend series against the D-Backs. If they bomb like they did this past weekend, there is no October for the Dodgers. However if they manage to play well and gain some ground in the division and wild card standings, they still have a chance to sniff the playoffs.