The Dodgers won four in a row to get within four games of the wild card lead.
Then they lost to Colorado — the team directly in front of them in the wild card standings — on Saturday evening in Denver.
So, are we Dodger fans being teased into thinking we have a chance to get back in the playoff chase? Or do we really have a shot?
We’ll know for sure on Sept. 8 — if not before then. That’s the day the Dodgers wrap up a stretch against pennant contenders Colorado, Philly, Frisco and San Diego.
If the Dodgers somehow win eight or nine of their next 10 games, we’ll be right in the thick of things. Anything less than that, though, probably signals the end of the line for 2010.
It’s not like the Dodgers are incapable of putting together a significant string of success. The longest winning streak by a National League team this season is nine games — Atlanta did it and, you guessed it, so did Los Angeles.
Of course, that was in May.