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(LA Times)   If the MLB playoffs started today, four teams from California would be in. Suck it, East Coast   (latimes.com ) divider line
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2014-07-06 04:09:34 AM  
And the Brewers have the best record in the National League. Sweetness
 
2014-07-06 04:43:01 AM  
If the MLB playoffs started today, Fox and TBS would have to rethink their entire fall schedule.
 
2014-07-06 04:52:12 AM  
meh, more impressive when there are more teams from california in the NHL playoffs than teams from canada...
 
2014-07-06 05:48:44 AM  
And the Mariners, some-farking-how, are not far behind them.

Did I go to some bizarro universe while I was asleep...?
 
2014-07-06 06:39:40 AM  
Blind squirrel, nut, blah, blah, blah.
 
2014-07-06 07:15:39 AM  
No Padres?
 
2014-07-06 08:09:25 AM  

proteus_b: meh, more impressive when there are more teams from california in the NHL playoffs than teams from canada...


But letting the Sharks in the playoffs these days just seems cruel.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-06 08:09:38 AM  
If the MLB playoffs started today, Obama would lose the election next month by a landslide.
 
2014-07-06 08:14:48 AM  
If my aunt had balls, my grandmother would be a wagon.
 
2014-07-06 08:22:45 AM  
If if was syph, we'd all have it.
 
2014-07-06 08:36:21 AM  
Two weeks ago the Dodgers wouldn't have been in; two weeks from now the Giants won't qualify.
 
2014-07-06 09:29:17 AM  
Because Roids
 
2014-07-06 09:57:47 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: If the MLB playoffs started today, Fox and TBS would have to rethink their entire fall schedule.


And ESPN would still spend an inordinate amount of time on Yankees/Red Sox.
 
2014-07-06 10:40:12 AM  
If the MLB playoffs started today, California wouldn't look so desperate by having this type of discussion before the All-Star beak.
 
2014-07-06 10:50:39 AM  
If the MLB playoff started today, it would show that the league had finally realized the regular season is too damn long.

Really I would be happy to see the playoff begin shortly after Labor Day, especially if the League plans to add even more Wild Card/One Game eliminations.
 
2014-07-06 11:14:43 AM  
west coast wins the first half of the 2014 MLB season..... yay
 
2014-07-06 11:21:22 AM  
Both the AL West and the NL West also have two teams with less than 40 wins, and one of the teams in the NL out of California is only half a game ahead of one out of the east coast for the wild card.  Only a little more than halfway into the season, it seems a bit early to claim victory for the state of California in MLB; I mean, Boston's collapse in 2011 pretty much proves it that much.
 
2014-07-06 11:23:15 AM  
And I say this being an Orioles fan who could make the very same claim about them being the playoffs today, if not for the fact that they still have to finish 75 more games.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-06 11:51:21 AM  
west coast wins the first half of the 2014 MLB season..... yay

In 1981 that meant something. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_Major_League_Baseball_strike#The_sp l it-season_format.
 
IP
2014-07-06 12:06:06 PM  

Iczer: And the Mariners, some-farking-how, are not far behind them.

Did I go to some bizarro universe while I was asleep...?


The M's are currently leading for the second AL wildcard.  If the season ended today (I hate that expression btw) all West coast teams save the Padres would be in the playoffs.

/West coast bias, biatches!
 
2014-07-06 12:11:18 PM  
If the season ended today we wouldn't have to listen to the biatching about what players made the All-Star game that shouldn't and vice versa.

/Prepares his arguments.
 
2014-07-06 12:21:48 PM  
Meanwhile, ESPN is having meetings to prepare for the next Red Sox-Yankees telecast with guest announcer Bob (We do not have east coast bias in the most annoying east coast accent ever) Ryan.
 
2014-07-06 12:39:47 PM  
The MLB playoffs are in September. Enough said.

Go Orioles.
 
2014-07-06 01:08:44 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: No Padres?


Nine facts about the San Diego Padres' offense.

Still a threat to set modern-era worsts for team batting average and OBP, so they might stay in the headlines!
 
2014-07-06 02:03:37 PM  
In other baseball news, Yankees DFAd Soriano and traded Vidal Nuno for Brandon McCarthy
 
2014-07-06 02:38:21 PM  
M's are winning. Usually by now we are talking about next year already
 
2014-07-06 02:54:02 PM  

chimp_ninja: JohnnyRebel88: No Padres?

Nine facts about the San Diego Padres' offense.

Still a threat to set modern-era worsts for team batting average and OBP, so they might stay in the headlines!


Their pitching has kept them 9 games under .500.
I saw a stat that if they score more than 4 runs they are like 26 and 4.
 
2014-07-06 03:20:29 PM  
Lets Go Dodgers!  UH! UH!
 
2014-07-06 03:33:31 PM  
A's are the only legitimate threat. They're also gonna win it all.
 
2014-07-06 05:10:02 PM  

The Bestest: In other baseball news, Yankees DFAd Soriano and traded Vidal Nuno for Brandon McCarthy


1) DFAing Soriano makes some sense.  The Yankees have already cornered the market on over-the-hill DH/LF types, and Soriano goes against the organizational philosophy of patience and running up pitch counts.  His 2013 "Wait, I don't have to play for the Cubs any more?" HR surge was fun while it lasted, but I don't think anyone thought that was the "real" Soriano at age 38.  I'm surprised they couldn't get something in trade, though.

2) Giving up Nuno for McCarthy is getting something for nothing.  McCarthy will probably get hurt yet again, and he's been plagued by HRs ever since moving to a hitter's park, and he's a RHP entering Yankee Stadium, and... (etc.)

but the Yankees gave up a guy they signed out of an independent league who's never really shown much of anything.  Plus the D-Backs are eating half of McCarthy's salary for no apparent reason.  With CC done for the season, it's not clear where else they were going to find a SP.
 
2014-07-06 05:14:11 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: A's are the only legitimate threat. They're also gonna win it all.


Now that my snakes have started the fire sale, I really have no other choice than to root for BoMel's team since he should have never been let go of down here.
 
2014-07-06 06:08:40 PM  
Baseball divisions are set up more or less geographically. So someone from the east coast and someone from the west coast will always get into the playoffs.
 
2014-07-06 06:17:45 PM  

SlothB77: Baseball divisions are set up more or less geographically. So someone from the east coast and someone from the west coast will always get into the playoffs.


Shhhhhhh. Please allow Californians to keep thinking that dump is the center of the universe.


/going to LA in the morning.
//It's worse than Detroit in many ways
 
2014-07-06 07:54:24 PM  

chimp_ninja: JohnnyRebel88: No Padres?

Nine facts about the San Diego Padres' offense.

Still a threat to set modern-era worsts for team batting average and OBP, so they might stay in the headlines!



If they trade Headley, they're a lock for the worst.
 
2014-07-06 08:07:27 PM  
As an Astros fan I have to say this is very misleading.

The A's and Angels get to play the 'stros quite a few times and those wins are almost guaranteed.

It appears that Arizona does the same for the Dodgers and Giants.

The east coast doesn't quite have the same disparity.
 
2014-07-06 08:08:33 PM  
"If the MLB playoffs started today, four teams from California would be in."


From?  Athletics are from Philadelphia, Giants are from Manhattan, Dodgers are from Brooklyn,
 
2014-07-06 08:21:13 PM  

DemoKnite: Olympic Trolling Judge: If the MLB playoffs started today, Fox and TBS would have to rethink their entire fall schedule.

And ESPN would still spend an inordinate amount of time on Yankees/Red Sox.


Will the Yankees make a late season push by signing Tim Tebow to  a 1 year contract as their number 1 pitcher? How will the Red Sox counter this potential game changing out of the box thinking?
 
2014-07-06 08:40:54 PM  

Peter Dinklage's Super Mullet: DemoKnite: Olympic Trolling Judge: If the MLB playoffs started today, Fox and TBS would have to rethink their entire fall schedule.

And ESPN would still spend an inordinate amount of time on Yankees/Red Sox.

Will the Yankees make a late season push by signing Tim Tebow to  a 1 year contract as their number 1 pitcher? How will the Red Sox counter this potential game changing out of the box thinking?


I'd pay $5 to see that. Maybe $10.
 
2014-07-06 09:44:02 PM  
Subby, if a frog didn't have hind legs he'd bump his ass everytime he jumped.
 
2014-07-06 10:08:30 PM  

ArkAngel: And the Brewers have the best record in the National League. Sweetness


Wow, I am very surprised that this is the chesticles. Way to go fellow Brewers fan.
 
2014-07-06 10:09:33 PM  

Prey4reign: Subby, if a frog didn't have hind legs he'd bump his ass everytime he jumped.


If he had wings, he wouldn't.

/Grandpa's favorite saying.
 
2014-07-07 12:43:40 AM  

italie: If the MLB playoffs started today, California wouldn't look so desperate by having this type of discussion before the All-Star beak.


Said the guy from Chicago, whose teams are 8 games out (White Sox) and 12 games out (Cubs).

SlothB77: Baseball divisions are set up more or less geographically. So someone from the east coast and someone from the west coast will always get into the playoffs.


I know. Subby here. I'm just having a little fun at the expense of the East Coast Farkers. I know this doesn't mean anything, but it sure is fun to dream. The Bay Area had their series back in '89. I've been dreaming of a Freeway World series between the Angels and Dodgers for a long time, so maybe this is the year.

I also know that, basically, California having four teams in playoff contention just means nothing more than that we hold both Wild Card spots. Plus, we have five teams; no other state has more than two. Of course no other state can possibly have four teams in the playoffs.

And I'm not saying California will have four teams in the playoffs at the end of the season. But we'll definitely have two, and that'll still be twice as many as any other state.

California has had two in-state World Series: '88 with the Dodgers and A's, and '89 with the A's and the Giants. New York City had an unbelievable, astounding 7 cross-town World Series in the 19 year span of 1947-1956, each pitting the Yankees against either the Dodgers or the Giants, both of whom are now in California.

I'm sure everyone with two teams in their town or state (with the exception of Texas & Houston who are, inexplicably, in the same division) has dreamed of a World Series pitting their favorite team, whatever it may be, against their cross-town or cross-state rival, if only to get your friends and co-workers who like the other team to shut the hell up!

Oh, and as a Dodger fan from L.A., I'd just like to take another opportunity to say F*CK TIME WARNER CABLE IN THE A** WITH A CHAINSAW. And if this turns out to be Vin Scully's last season, I hope your corporate jets all go down in flames, each with a full load of your douchnozzle executives. Have a nice day.
 
2014-07-07 06:35:23 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: Texas & Houston who are, inexplicably, in the same division


Why is that inexplicable? You're talking about a sport whose governing body thought expanding to 30 teams instead of to 32 was a good idea, and then had one division of six teams and another of four. In that context, it makes perfect sense that the Astros would be bumped into the same division as the farthest major-league city from Houston.
 
2014-07-07 07:56:06 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: italie: If the MLB playoffs started today, California wouldn't look so desperate by having this type of discussion before the All-Star beak.

Said the guy from Chicago, whose teams are 8 games out (White Sox) and 12 games out (Cubs).


And?
 
2014-07-07 10:43:43 AM  
I'm curious how it works with those of you with multiple teams in town or in state. Do you have a team that you cheer for at the beginning of the season, and then when your team falls out, you start cheering for the other regional team? So the Padres fall out, but you're still happy because the Giants are still in it. Then the Giants fall out, but you're still happy because the Dodgers are still in it. Is that how it works?

/I'm actually serious about this. I've never lived in a multiple team area, and I've often wondered how this works. It just seems a little contrary to what it means to be a fan of a team.
 
2014-07-07 12:45:25 PM  

MathProf: I'm curious how it works with those of you with multiple teams in town or in state. Do you have a team that you cheer for at the beginning of the season, and then when your team falls out, you start cheering for the other regional team?


I think you might find different answers coming from different areas.  If the Yankees were having a craptastic year and at the same time the Mets were actually in position to go all the way (I know, extremely unlikely) I would be happy to root for them - but clearly most Mets fans don't feel the same way.

/jealous biatches
 
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