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Alexander: Dodger fans may not yet trust good fortune

By in Press Enterprise on October 8, 2017

By Jim Alexander

LOS ANGELES — You may have noticed a strain of fatalism in Dodger fans, one that emerges even when times are good.

Or, at least, seemingly good.

Consider Friday. The Dodgers tagged Taijuan Walker for four runs in the first, led 7-1 at one point and won 9-5 in Game 1 of the NLCS against the same Diamondbacks bunch that had smacked them around six straight times in August and September.

And yet …

Clayton Kershaw gave up four home runs, albeit all solo. Kenley Jansen, working in a non-save situation in the ninth, showed he was human by giving up a run and needing 16 pitches to get through the ninth. The Dodgers still would be confronted with Robbie Ray and Zach Greinke, and maybe Ray in a Game 5 if it comes to that.

And Pedro Baez is actually on the postseason roster for this series. Oh, the horror.

So if your neighbor the Dodger fan was acting strangely tense Saturday morning, and equally tense at night even when his team led 7-2, only to breathe easier when Jansen nailed down a five-out save and an 8-5 win in Game 2, now you understand.

It’s how things work when you haven’t been in a World Series in 29 years. In some places five straight division championships would be an achievement celebrated by banners. In Los Angeles it’s an albatross because of what has annually come next.

This postseason came with, shall we say, mixed anticipation. The 54-11 run in June, July and August had L.A. dreaming of rings and parades. The 1-16 stretch and 11-game losing streak in late August and early September was a reminder that it’s never that simple.

The Dodgers spent the better part of September trying to get their swagger back. Just when they seem to have it in full, someone hits a […]    

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