It appears that it is now the Diamondbacks turn to give self-sabotage a go, having won just 3 of their last 10 and allowing the Dodgers to creep within 1 1/2 games of first place. We may know this weekend the success of those efforts.
Although the two teams face each other this weekend in a crucial 3 game series - and the D'Backs are throwing Dan Haren, Brandon Webb, and Randy Johnson - the Dodgers appear to have a mildly easier schedule. They'll face the Padres 6 times, Giants 6 times, Pirates 4 times, and the Rockies 3 times. The D'Backs draw the Giants 7 times, Rockies 6 times, and the Reds 3 times, but must go to St. Louis for a crucial 4 game series.
The Dodgers no doubt feel blessed to have drawn the hapless Padres 9 times in the final month, but after their performance in Washington last week, a 4-5 record would surprise nobody.