Without Kent, the Dodgers
first endured an eight-game losing streak, then started their winning streak, remarkable in that they also have done it without Nomar Garciaparra (sprained knee) in the lineup.
Following a flurry of activity, the Dodgers
, at least on paper, appear to have improved their chances for a playoff berth.
06 career ERA adding up to the Hall of Fame, Greg Maddux came to the Dodgers
along with cash in the deal that sent infielder Cesar Izturis to the Chicago Cubs minutes before Monday afternoon's trading deadline.
Who knows what happens if the Dodgers
actually tie the score then?
Cameras clicked and whirred as the pair slipped into their Dodgers
togs, Wolf a No.
Marty Greenspun, executive vice president and COO of the Dodgers
, said: "The Dodgers
are thrilled to offer their fans Panda Express as one of the concessions at Dodger
The three starters combined to go 41-26 this season, including 3-1 against the Dodgers
It wasn't only in the AT&T Park visitors' clubhouse, all picked up after the wild-card clinching party the day before, that a case could be heard for the Dodgers
to go farther than they have since the 1988 World Series championship.
The standings say that when the Dodgers
came from behind on Jeff Kent and Olmedo Saenz bloops and a wild pitch in the ninth inning to win 4-3 in front of 42,587 fans, they tied San Diego for first place and assured that Philadelphia can't outfinish them without a tie-breaking playoff game.
In the biggest blow yet to their flagging playoff hopes, the Dodgers
suffered an untimely bout of bad pitching, bad hitting, bad defense, bad baserunning and bad luck.
might have sold more tickets this year than ever before, but watching a Dodger
Stadium game on TV with all those empty yellow seats behind home plate that belong to plastic surgeons makes you wonder why they can't figure out a way to fill them if only for cosmetic reasons.
And yet, that is exactly where the Dodgers
found themselves after Wednesday night's game, a 6-4 loss to the Pirates before 46,319 at Dodger
Hit where it was, it might have ruined an otherwise storybook season for the Dodgers
, who lost 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 54,601.
and the cross-country red-eye flights in June, pointed to this, a four-game series in which the Dodgers
could take a fairly firm grasp of their destiny.
For at least one night, the whole situation couldn't have worked out any better for the Dodgers