Monday, August 17, 2009

Dodgers beginning to fade down the stretch

The 162 game major league baseball season is a marathon by the most lax of comparisons and a triathlon by the rest. In the case of the latter the Dodgers’ arms are growing tired and looking like they could drown before they reach the shore. The arms we’re referring to are the arms of the LA pitching staff which has fallen from it’s perch as the most complete in baseball, top to bottom, even though they still posses the 2nd best ERA in the majors. Dodger closer John Broxton has failed in 3 of his last 5 save attempts which have cost them wins, Kuroda is out for an indefinite period after being hit in the head by a line drive, and the setup men have been lit up in their last two series. LA had the league’s best record for most of the season through the suspension of ManRam while holding the largest lead of any division leader, but the timely hitting has become far less consistent and all of the sudden LA’s losing most of those 1-run games they built they’re huge lead on. To make the tide even stronger, the schedule only gets more difficult for LA with the first place Cards, second place Cubs, and the Rockies who are now right behind them in the NL West. Joe Torre may have had a great run, unless the Blue Crew get some pitching help, they may make it out of the water but don’t look for them to take a long ride in the playoffs. Will LA be around come October? Let us know here and in the MLB chat rooms and team rooms.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Are the Dodgers and Angels headed for a freeway series?

The Dodgers have the best record in the NL, the Angels have the best record in the AL, they both reside in the City of Angels and are separated by less than an hour(depending on traffic), and a stretch on the 5 freeway. Is this gong to be the geographical layout for the World Series come October? Many people west of the Mississippi think so and why not, there hasn’t been more consistent baseball this year than they’ve been playing in LA. The Dodgers rank 2nd in batting average, have five players with over 50 RBIs, the highest run differential, and are second in pitching. Meanwhile the Angels have the highest batting average in the league, are the hottest team in baseball, and now posses the best record. So do you make the reservations to spend your fall in the So. Cal sun? Well there’s a few people in the Tri-State area and in the city of brotherly love that think differently. Why, well one could argue that the Dodgers have gotten fat on the weakest division in baseball and that recent series defeats against the Cards and Marlins was a harbinger on how they will do in the NLCS, and although the Phills have cooled off a little they are still the top team in the league. Despite the fact that the Angels own the team in pinstripes, no one from the Bronx believes when the money is on the table that Yankee experience won’t prevail. Lastly, there is the team with the most rings in this decade that resides in Beantown. The Sox are only a half game out and have made it to the show as the wildcard before. In short, the teams from tinsel town do look good but don’t book those plane tickets just yet. Who do you think will be left standing come October? Let us know here and in the MLB chat rooms and team rooms.
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