Coworker: Give Dodgers Six Weeks
June 17, 2013

I don't really know what to write about this week. I'm busy with work and baseball, I haven't watched a single dribble of the NBA Finals, not one shot of the Stanley Cup finale, didn't see any golf this weekend, and the Dodgers continue to hope that they at least can achieve mediocrity by the All-Star break. None of that really adds up to much, does it?

As far as the Dodgers go, maybe I'm being a little pessimistic. Sure, they still haven't won 30 games, but they're only a half-game worse than the Angels. They are 9-21 against teams in their division, but have only brawled against two of them. The Blue Crew is under .500 since the arrival of phenom Yasiel Puig, but he still has been spectacular to watch, listen to, and read about, in only two weeks time.

One of my co-workers in Grass Valley is a die-hard Dodgers fan, which is great when you live in Giants country. We commiserate about Hanley Ramirez' hamstring, Andre Ethier's .230 batting average, the fact that the two of us combined only have two fewer homers than Matt Kemp, and the parade of what's-their-names on the mound that follow Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu in the rotation. Earlier this week, we were talking about the Dodgers upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh, when he said something astounding. With the Dodgers mired in the cellar, and 8 games out of first place, he predicted that they would be on top of the division in six weeks.

Now you have to admire his loyalty, fanaticism, and his youthful exuberance (he's in his early thirties), but first place in six weeks? He's also an FM morning show host, and you know those people are crazy. The Dodgers went out and lost two of three in Pittsburgh this weekend, but he still believes strongly. The National League West is turning into a great race. The top four teams are separated by only two games. Problem is, the Dodgers are fifth. My co-worker correctly points out that the Arizona Diamondbacks are the worst first place team in all of baseball, the Giants can't hit and have a winning record, and the lowly Padres have won six straight and are only two games out. With the return of all the injured Dodgers, and a little winning streak, they are right back in it.

Six weeks from our conversation is July 26. He says you can book it. Dodgers lead the NL West after the All-Star break. I don't want to sound like the curmudgeon yelling at the kids to get off my lawn, but I'm not sure I'm all in. I'm certainly rooting for him to be right. The Dodgers could be on the top of the heap in less than 40 days. Otherwise, they'll be in a heap of something else.

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