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Dodgers Notebook: DodgersÂ trying to stayÂ safe in the west
By Tamara Latta
Sentinel Sports WriterÂ It's been tough for the Dodgers, but they still remain the number one team in the NL west, two games ahead of the Rockies.The last home stand for the Dodgers was 7-3 against Arizona and San Diego; teams who won't even see the field come October. They've have notÂ been playing superior baseball lately; but still manage to ownÂ the title on the Westside. The Rockies and the Giants are trying to close in on the Dodgers, but for now that access is denied. With only 23 games left in the regular season they must send aÂ significant message that must go through. "Every game is important,â€ said Russell Martin.Â The race for the NL West will come all the way down to the last three games with Colorado. We've seenÂ the pleasuresÂ andÂ displeasures of the teamÂ throughout the season.Â ForÂ three months the best record in baseball was owned by no other than the boys in blue.Â The potential isÂ most definitely there, the only problem is can they be consistent. With a record of 83-58 that proves they're producing, but not consistently. They have only scored four orÂ more runs in five ofÂ their last 18 games.Â With the playoffsÂ just around the mound, the DodgersÂ will have to find a way to refurbish the swag they once had back in July. With the Dodgersâ€™ statistics youâ€™d think they were doing a stellar job. Their numbers say they have the best batting average in the National League which is at .272. They also own the best ERA at 3.45. The team has been criticized since losing the best record in MLB back in August. Torre often spoke highly of his team and didnâ€™t seem to be distressed about the teamâ€™s stale offense lately. But after having a couple of team meetings last month which havenâ€™t helped much, he seems to be disturbed. With the teamâ€™s powerhouse still on the back burner his cool, calm, and collective swagger seems to be disturbed by their latest slump.â€œI think weâ€™re over-meeting-ed, said Torre. Itâ€™s been pretty frustrating.â€Torre is beginning to adjust the starting line-up, instead of waiting around for something to happen. He inserted Pierre in the starting line-up two games in a row last week to give his team a new look. When his at bats are up the fans sometimes gives him a standing ovation to let him know heâ€™s appreciated in Los Angeles. He contributed big time driving in two runs. When he gets in the game he hits, scores drive in runs and steal bases. The fans arenâ€™t the only ones acknowledging his beast mode performance. Second baseman Orlando Hudson gave his evaluation on Juan P.â€œJuan P can do a lot of huge things, man," Orlando Hudson said. "There's nothing he can't do -- get the inning started, hit behind guys, move guys over, get clutch hits.Today the Dodgers will try to expand a division race with the Giants, as they take on a 3 game road trip at AT& T Park. The last visit at the park the Dodgers made the Giants kick rocks, as they hammered them down with a 9-1 victory. Look for both teams to be aggressive and energetic during the series.