|"The dog days of August? It should be the |
doggone diddly days of August, if you ask me!"
-- Dodgers GM Ned Colletti
The Dodgers aren't paying attention.
In July, they went 17-6 in a schedule that included every NL West opponent, except the Padres. In August, they've already gone 4-0 and see no divisional opponents, except the Padres.
They already have a 14-game road winning streak. Another seven-game streak is not unreasonable, considering there are trips to Philadelphia and Miami in the middle of the month.
Throwing that schedule at the Dodgers is like throwing a steak at a hungry dog in full stride. Will the
Mets or the Cubs even bother showing up at Dodger Stadium?
A team rotating Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ricky Nolasco and Stephen Fife won't fear four games in St. Louis.
A team starting Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez everyday won't have losing streaks at home against the Rays or Red Sox.
To be fair, there is one schedule that Dodgers fans should be very concerned about. It's a calendar month, but it's not the 13 total games against the Cubs, Mets and Marlins.
The August broadcast schedule has Eric Collins calling 15 games on TV.
The dog days of August, indeed.
Read the press release about "Easily Excited with Eric Collins!" here.
Or check out an ode to Giants announcer Duane Kuiper, here.
|Dodgers / Jon SooHoo|