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The Dodgers are 52 games over .500. Is there anyone that is going to challenge them, or should we skip right past the World Series and dive into NFL/NBA/NHL? Can they be beaten? Who can do it? – Steve N.
Yeah, Dave Roberts is apparently as good at managing as he is at stealing bases in franchise-altering moments. It’s cool seeing him have this level of success. He’s a good dude.
But sure, they can be beaten. Their run to 110 wins or whatever it ends up being – they’re 87-35 now – will only mount in the postseason. It’s not that dissimilar to what they 2007 Patriots faced. If you don’t win it all, your historic regular season won’t matter nearly as much.
Ask me, their success adds to the October suspense. The Cubs could get hot and stagger them. The Nationals are a powerhouse in their own right, presuming Bryce Harper comes back in his usual form. Maybe the Astros, Indians or Red Sox will peak at right time.
And, strange to say, there will be legitimate questions about the Dodgers entering the playoffs. Will Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish be healthy? Will Cody Bellinger have a week where he hits like his old man? Will Adrian Gonzalez’s return ruin everything?
There are no locks in October baseball. So let’s not ask if the Dodgers can beat beaten. Of course they can.
Let’s ask this instead. If the Dodgers lose, which team will do it?
I’m going with the Cubs. Who do you have? I’ll see you in the comments.