"It's really all that's left for us, to have an impact on a pennant race," manager Joe Torre said. "And in our division we're pretty lucky, because we have three of them. And again, if I'm sitting in one of those other dugouts or clubhouse now in San Francisco or Colorado, and I'm hoping we're going to play like [heck] to beat them. That's only fair."
Tuesday began with the Dodgers 11 games out behind the first-place Giants in the National League West. The Padres were a half-game back, the Rockies 1 1/2 back.
There are two Dodgers who do have a title of sorts to chase, although both say it's something they had more fun with in the past, when they had a postseason to look forward to. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier both have 23 home runs.
Ethier is the defending two-time long-ball leader on the club, with 31 in 2009 and 20 in 2008. Kemp finished second both seasons, with 26 last year and 18 the year before.
"That's the way it's always been, a fun little game: Who will lead in home runs? Who will lead in average? Who will lead in doubles?" Ethier said. "Right now it's tough just because of the situation and stuff. But we definitely [had fun] with it the last two years when we were in the race."
"Whatever happens, happens," Kemp said. "We have [had fun] with it before. We're in a different situation right now so it's not as fun."
Casey Blake, who has 15 home runs and has a locker next to Ethier, said he was going to win the title with 10 more home runs.
Said Kemp, "That's not going to happen. He can think that though."
Ethier suggested Blake attempt to collect 10 hits instead.