For the first time in a long time the Dodgers are not satisfied with just getting here. It's been a long time since a Dodger fan could say he actually believed the Dodgers have a chance to win the World Series. But before they can achieve that goal the Dodgers must overcome their first test, the Chicago Cubs.
The "Friendly Confines" haven't been very friendly to the Dodgers this season. But look at it this way, these aren't the same Dodgers.
When the two teams met during the regular season at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers could not scrape a victory. This was due in large part to their depleted offense.
But, reinforcements have arrived just in time to help turn the tide. With the versatile Rafael Furcal starting game one, the matured Blake Dewitt at second, a solid veteran in Casey Blake anchoring third, and the RBI machine Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers have added the key pieces they will need to win this series.
Let's not forget how dominant the pitching for the Dodgers has been. Game one starter Derek Lowe has a 0.94 ERA in his last nine starts, while Chad Billingsley has become one of the most underrated pitchers in the game as well as a strikeout artist.
While the Cubs may be the favorite to win, the Dodgers are a formidable force that should not be overlooked. And you can bet that Joe Torre will prepare his team to play at the best of their abilities. Don't be surprised if the Cubs collapse again, and the Dodgers advance.
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