This is less a preview and more just a plea. As you may have heard on the roundtable, the Dodger's magic number is currently four. As in, the Dodgers need a combination of four Dodger wins and Diamondback losses to get into the playoffs. As in, if the Dodgers win two of the next four games, they will clinch the playoffs at Chase Field.
I root for the Diamondbacks in every game, because that's sort of in the job description of a Diamondback fan. But there's a difference between "Padres series in late August" enthusiasm, and "NLDS Game 5" enthusiasm.
This is the latter for me. There's a distinct possibility that we will watch Yasiel Puig sprint into the pool in celebration this year. And Andre Ethier will give some quote about "how great it is to clinch in front of friends and family." And the YouTube clip will feature Vin Scully's comments while half the stadium celebrates in the background in Dodger Blue.
And Bill Plaschke will finish a column with "The only thing that would have made the moment better would have been Ian Kennedy on the mound." It will be broken into three different paragraphs because Bill Plaschke.
I'm not under any delusions that the Dodgers won't win the division, but I don't want to watch it happen. Make San Francisco deal with that. It'll ruin their day and their swimming pool in Right Field has more room for celebrating in than ours does.
Please don't let that happen in the next four days, Diamondbacks. I will be rooting like it's 2011 for anything but this to happen. Forget Cincy: this is the real "must-win series" of the year.