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The Dodger's Juggernaut Offense?

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Is it too little, too late for the Dodgers? I hope not.

With four weeks to go, the Dodgers now trail by four games in the NL West after their 11-3 victory over the Cubs.

This is not the same Cubs team the Dodgers faced at home in May. Then the Cubs were a bad team that couldn’t hold a lead for the life of them. It took manager Lou Piniella’s ejection and consequent suspension to wake up the Cubbies. They then went on a tear that saw them with a one-game lead in the NL Central division before Monday’s game.

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The game started off nicely for the Cubs when leadoff hitter Alfonso Soirano hit a homer on the second pitch he saw from the new old Dodger pitcher Esteban Loaiza. It really looked bad for the old dog, but that turned out to be one of the few mistakes Loaiza made.

The Dodgers offense then proceeded to pound the living hell out of Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano scoring eight runs off the 14-game winning ace. Even Loaiza contributed to his own cause by hitting a two-run single in the fourth inning. It must really burn Brett Tomko and the other Dodger starting pitchers that the new guy got all of that run support in his first game pitched.

After miserable Friday and Saturday games against the Padres, this is just what the Dodgers needed to keep their hopes up in the postseason race. They have a slight chance of making it to the October dance, but they have to play nearly perfect baseball from here on out.

I don’t want to say, “Wait ‘til next year,” because I’m tired of saying that. Since the Dodgers won their last championship in 1988 the Dodgers have gone through two ownership changes, the country has been through four presidents and the Soviet Union broke up. Even the JV team down the 5 freeway won a World Series.

I think as a fan, I should take a page from the sports cliché notebook and take it one game at a time. Tomorrow features Brad Penny going up against the fossilized Steve Trachsel. I smell another Dodger’s victory, and one more game closer to postseason.

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