Originally posted by LA9erFan:
The 40-8 record the Dodgers have in the last 48 games is the best 48 game stretch in MLB in 62 years. #bandwagon
You can see it from a mile away. LA will start to coast in Sept, enter the playoffs cold, and flame out in the first round.
We'll see. If someone can get through Kershaw x2, Greinke, & Ryu + that lineup 3 out of 5 games, I'll be impressed.
The problem is the Dodgers are one of those "hot and cold" teams. When the Dodgers are hot, they cant lose. But when they go cold, they go ICE cold. Plus, Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu have a combined 5 postseason starts, which total to a 6.30 era in 30.0 ip. Its hard to know how pitchers will react in big pressure situations.
If the Dodgers get hot at the right time, they could win it all, but they may be peaking too early. Plus theres the health issue. The middle of their order is the most injury riddled group of star players ever. Puig, Hanley, and Kemp are always banged up.
99.. the Dodgers have never been ice cold since they got Puig. He really makes a big difference on that team. When they were ice cold as you say, they had Greinke, Kemp, and Ramirez hurt much of the time and no Puig. They also had Brandon League as their closer ( Mattingly was brain dead then). Jensen is simply lights out.
What seems to be really special about the team is that their non stars (AJ Ellis, Uribe, Punto, Schumaker) are all playing well and contributing.
Hopefully you are right about the playoffs and their pitching will lay an egg. I dont think that will happen but I hope it does.
Ya, I think when nearly 50 games have passed you're no longer "hot". They're obviously not gonna continue to play at an .840 clip, but this team is pretty darn good. But of course anything can happen in the playoffs. Baseball playoffs aren't like other sports.
MLB to expand replays. Theyre giving managers "challenges" kinda like the NFL
about f'n time..
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Major League Baseball is expanding its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had.
Commissioner Bud Selig calls it a historic moment for the game in a press conference in Cooperstown after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.
Managers will be allowed two challenges over the first six innings of games and one after the seventh inning. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make the final ruling.
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