Dodgers Need A Near-Record 57 To Catch Up

Home plate has seemed so far away for the Dodgers this season.

Nobody knows just how many wins it would take to make the playoffs, but the number 90 seems about right. That would mean the Dodgers, currently at 54-51, would need to win 36 of their final 57 games, something they have only done three times since moving to Los Angeles:

Best 57-Game Finishes In Los Angeles Dodger History
Year Record   Finish
2006 38-19   Wild Card
1963 36-21   World Series Champs
1965 36-21   World Series Champs

But, you can't win 36 games without winning one, so let's get that one out of the way first. Hiroki Kuroda has allowed eight runs in his last four starts, but is 1-3 because the Dodgers have scored just three runs in those four games. I bet the other Dodgers starters are wondering who they have to kill to get that kind of run support!

Clayton Richard has made three starts against the Dodgers in the last 13 months, one with the White Sox and two with the Padres. He allowed four runs in 4 1/3 last June at U.S. Cellular Field, but in his two other starts -- both at Petco Park -- Richard has allowed one run in 13 innings, picking up two victories at the Dodgers expense.

I'm sick of typing "the Dodgers have scored [infinitesimally small amount] runs in ______ games since the All-Star break," so I will just add that it behooves the Dodgers to actually tough home plate reasonably often this week, starting tonight.

Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV:  Prime Ticket

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