A pedestrian 12-11 stretch ultimately won’t matter come October, with the Dodgers’ playoff berth the most secure. Sure, it might ultimately cost them home field advantage should they return to the World Series, or perhaps even the NLCS, but we’re here to tell you there are far bigger worries for the Dodgers.
First is the starting pitching, with these final three weeks of the season spent making sure Hyun-jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler iron out the kinks, get some rest, or just generally fine tune for the postseason after a recent downturn from the big three.
Getting Rich Hill back, even in some truncated form, would go a long way in filling the innings after those first three, with his first start since June due this week. Max Muncy is also due back this week after suffering a fracture in his wrist; adding him back to the lineup is a major boost for October success.
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