THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
MLB: DODGERS vs. SAN FRANCISCO
Details/TV: Dodger Stadium, Monday-Wednesday, SportsNet L.A., KDOC-Channel 56, ESPN:
DODGERS vs. COLORADO
Details/TV: Dodger Stadium, Friday-Sunday, SportsNet L.A. and KDOC-Channel 56:
If not now, then when? This game of playing capture the NL West flag was already a done deal a year ago. The Dodgers’ leap into the Arizona Diamondbacks right-field pool happened in game No. 153, giving them nine days to figure out how they wanted to approach the postseason circus. Tell us again how that turned out. This time, it could go down to all the way down to Fan Appreciation Day in game 162. Or, a sweep of the current second-place Giants may add up to something more productive. Especially with NL Cy Young lock Clayton Kershaw not only pitching the final game of the series, trying to record his 21st victory in his 27th start and end all the arguments about his MVP candidacy, but he would also be on regular rotation when October starts roll around. Closing out this thing at home also has this quirky twist – while the Dodgers have the best road record in all of baseball, they’re just five games over .500 at Dodger Stadium. To start the final homestand, Tommy Lasorda celebrates his 87th birthday on Monday, with Frank Sinatra Jr. set to sing the national anthem.
The series vs. San Francisco: Each night at 7:10 p.m. (games Tuesday and Wednesday also on ESPN)
The series vs. Colorado: Friday at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 6:10 p.m., Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
THE REST OF THE WEEK:
UCLA trips over to Arizona State for a Thursday night game (7 p.m., FS1), while USC stays up late to host Oregon State on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN); the 40th Ryder Cup heads to Scotland for some middle-of-the-night exposure starting Thursday; the Kings and Ducks practice against each other at Staples Center, and Santa Anita gears up for its Autumn meet that concludes with the Breeders’ Cup. The link is here.