After sweeping the New York Mets out of first place, the Dodgers find themselves an amazing 8-1/2 games in front of the 2nd place Giants in the National League West. The Dodgers got great pitching, outscoring the Mets by a narrow 10-6 margin over the three game series. At the current pace, the Dodgers would win the NL West by over 19 games. We all know that won't happen, but the Dodgers are sure building themselves up a nice little cushion.
Next up for the Dodgers will be the cross-town rival Angels who were shutout for the second time in four games tonight by none other than Mariners rookie Chris Jakubauskas. The Angels play one more game against the Mariners thursday, while the Dodgers lay in waiting with the day off. I will have a series preview up as we get closer to friday nights game. Until then ponder this... Juan Pierre (162) and Mark Loretta (135) rank first and second in the National League in OPS+ for players who have played more than 25 games and have yet to hit a HR.