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This was supposed to be a breather. The Dodgers came off a series sweep at the hands of the A's, and then got to face one of the teams making burbling noises in the sub-.500 cellar of a surprisingly weak AL West. Instead, they found themselves treated every bit as roughly, experiencing first-hand something the Red Sox recently discovered: there's about a ten-win difference between the quality of the best teams in the American League versus that in the Senior Circuit. That is to say, put an 85-win AL team into the NL and all of a sudden you've got a 95-win division champion.

In this series, the Dodgers made that difference immediately apparent.