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9-1 Is Still 9-1

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A.J. Ellis, so far the third best hitter in most of the Dodger lineups this season.
A.J. Ellis, so far the third best hitter in most of the Dodger lineups this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 9-1 to start the season. Sure, it was compiled against the Padres and Pirates whose lineups come closest in the league to resembling a Pacific Coast League squad. Sure, their Pythagorean record is 7-3. Sure, five of those wins have been by one run. Sure, the relief pitchers have a combined 5.08 BB/9 so far. Sure, the offense is riding on the coattails of the two big guns - the only other batters with an OPS above .660 and at least 10 PAs are A.J. Ellis and Jerry Hairston Jr.

Whatever. The good news is that this game is baseball and even good teams can't expect to beat bad teams more than 2/3 to 3/4 of the time - how hard is it to sweep a series? - so 9-1 is still 9-1 - no matter who was put onto your schedule. Look at it this way, if the Dodgers are a .500 team the rest of the way, they will finish 85-77, which might make the playoffs. We all know baseball can be a cruel game, so when the luck and Dale Scott go your way, just enjoy it while you can.