"It's going to be tough to score off us in the latter part of the game," Tracy says. "If a starter has the know-how and capability of getting 18 outs with a slim lead, we're in pretty good shape."
Generating enough runs to fashion leads, however, remains L.A.'s biggest challenge. The Dodgers' fate may ultimately rest with how soon DePodesta, brought up on the religion of on-base percentage as an assistant G.M. with the Athletics, trades from his pitching depth to remake the offense. Until then the Dodgers' season could be like playing third base without a cup: potentially painful, with little margin for error.
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