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(ESPN)   The Los Angeles Dodgers finally win, clinch that inevitable playoff spot   ( espn.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Major League Baseball, National League, Los Angeles, Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series, Kershaw, san francisco  
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2017-09-13 02:29:23 PM  
No epic collapse then? OK.
 
2017-09-13 03:09:51 PM  
They are still at risk of losing the top seed in the NL, as the Nationals are only four games back in the loss column. This weekend's series in DC could give the Dodgers some breathing room at the top or tighten things up for another week or two.
 
2017-09-13 03:30:07 PM  
Cleveland just won again. 21 straight.
 
2017-09-13 03:35:15 PM  

Smoked: Cleveland just won again. 21 straight.


That's a new AL record. Got a ways to go to pass the 1916 Giants though (26).
 
2017-09-13 03:49:43 PM  

The Bestest: Smoked: Cleveland just won again. 21 straight.

That's a new AL record. Got a ways to go to pass the 1916 Giants though (26).


Still, it's pretty impressive.
 
2017-09-13 03:56:30 PM  

Smoked: Cleveland just won again. 21 straight.


Cleveland!?

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2017-09-13 03:58:30 PM  

The Bestest: Smoked: Cleveland just won again. 21 straight.

That's a new AL record. Got a ways to go to pass the 1916 Giants though (26).


Wasn't there some question about the tie that was sandwiched in that streak.  I think they won 12 games tied a game and then won 14 games.
 
2017-09-13 04:11:54 PM  

Trainspotr: They are still at risk of losing the top seed in the NL, as the Nationals are only four games back in the loss column. This weekend's series in DC could give the Dodgers some breathing room at the top or tighten things up for another week or two.


Yup.  It's up to Dave Roberts now, methinks.  Is he really going to start Granderson (8 for 75 (.107) since joining the team) again over Ethier (.286, although only 14 ABs since getting off the DL) (or anybody else, for that matter-literally anybody on the 40 man who can play the outfield would be better than Granderson)?  Grandal (.246, 3 for the last 34) over Barnes (.297 BA, .412 OBP)?

They only have six guys (seven if you include Ethier) who really can hit (Turner, Taylor, Seager, Bellinger, Puig, Barnes); any time all six aren't in the starting lineup they are leaving runs at the plate.
 
2017-09-13 04:13:52 PM  

Trainspotr: They are still at risk of losing the top seed in the NL, as the Nationals are only four games back in the loss column. This weekend's series in DC could give the Dodgers some breathing room at the top or tighten things up for another week or two.


Hell, the Dodgers haven't even locked up their division yet (their magic number is 8 over the Snakes).
 
2017-09-13 04:23:26 PM  

The Bestest: Trainspotr: They are still at risk of losing the top seed in the NL, as the Nationals are only four games back in the loss column. This weekend's series in DC could give the Dodgers some breathing room at the top or tighten things up for another week or two.

Hell, the Dodgers haven't even locked up their division yet (their magic number is 8 over the Snakes).


True, but they do (still) have the best record in baseball (even after their losing streak and the Indians' winning streak).  They were that far ahead.  And they have secured at least a wild card slot.
 
2017-09-13 04:28:31 PM  

Geotpf: And they have secured at least a wild card slot.


eh, I'm one of those assholes that doesn't consider the Wild Card game as "the playoffs" (and I say this as a fan of the team currently leading the AL wild card race, but is 4 out of the division)
 
2017-09-13 04:33:20 PM  

The Bestest: Trainspotr: They are still at risk of losing the top seed in the NL, as the Nationals are only four games back in the loss column. This weekend's series in DC could give the Dodgers some breathing room at the top or tighten things up for another week or two.

Hell, the Dodgers haven't even locked up their division yet (their magic number is 8 over the Snakes).


True, but the margin of error for the Diamondbacks is razor-thin. In the 34 games left (17 for each team), they need to combine with the Dodgers' opponents to win 27 of them, or a .794 winning percentage. And seven of those games are Dodgers vs. Phillies or Padres. Arizona has a fairly soft schedule left, as well, but they need too much help from other teams, methinks. The 1906 Cubs won 37 of 39 in one stretch, so .794 is absolutely doable, but it's not very likely.

I'm rooting for a tie, myself. Because one game in Arizona to potentially send the Dodgers to the Wild Card game would be awesome to watch.
 
2017-09-13 04:39:00 PM  

Trainspotr: The Bestest: Trainspotr: They are still at risk of losing the top seed in the NL, as the Nationals are only four games back in the loss column. This weekend's series in DC could give the Dodgers some breathing room at the top or tighten things up for another week or two.

Hell, the Dodgers haven't even locked up their division yet (their magic number is 8 over the Snakes).

True, but the margin of error for the Diamondbacks is razor-thin. In the 34 games left (17 for each team), they need to combine with the Dodgers' opponents to win 27 of them, or a .794 winning percentage. And seven of those games are Dodgers vs. Phillies or Padres. Arizona has a fairly soft schedule left, as well, but they need too much help from other teams, methinks. The 1906 Cubs won 37 of 39 in one stretch, so .794 is absolutely doable, but it's not very likely.

I'm rooting for a tie, myself. Because one game in Arizona to potentially send the Dodgers to the Wild Card game would be awesome to watch.


Yeah, and I wouldn't expect the Dodgers to continue to lose.  Like I said, that was a combo of bad luck, everybody being cold at once, and Roberts benching starters prematurely.
 
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