The last time the Dodgers had a lead in a playoff series, I was four, and I don't think I realized that players took their swings at home plate. 16 years later, I finally learned what a playoff win was like, but after that high died down I was left with the idea of Odalis Perez and Jeff Weaver shutting down one of the best offenses in recent memory to take the series. For the first time, I actually have hope in October, and I like it.
Tonight we send our ace against Carlos Zambrano who is getting by on name recognition at this point. His peripheral stats are like Jeff Weaver's in 2004, just with less control, would you be scared about facing Jeff Weaver? While his no hitter in early September got a ton of publicity, it hid the fact that over the last two months, the guy had two good starts, leading to a 7.28 ERA since August. Despite what the mainstream impression is, the Dodgers have a huge advantage on the mound tonight. We are the favorites in a game that could have us coming home with a 2-0 lead. How's that for hope?