Friday, September 23, 2011

The MLB on TSC: The Dodgers, Nationals, Indians and Blue Jays

Time now for another edition of the MLB on TSC where baseball's present always meets baseball's past and no baseball rock is ever left unturned.

Here goes:

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The 2011 MLB regular season is pretty much a done deal. All 6 divisions are pretty much rapped up with only the two wild-card spots still up for grabs-- still up for grabs by a few teams, that is. Only the Red Sox, Rays, Angels, Braves, Cardinals and Giants are mathematically alive for the final two spots.

So with 18 teams already "gone fishing", the only thing left to play for is respectability. And even that is mathematically impossible for some teams. To me respectability is defined as-- no playoff berth but at least a winning season.

Here are the teams that have a shot at respectability:

THE DODGERS HAVEN'T COMPLETELY FALLEN APART

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I must hand it to first-year manager Don Mattingly for the job he's done with the bankrupted and self-destructing LA Dodgers. The Dodgers are 78-77 and are well-positioned to have a winning season. Considering all the drama and distractions off the field, the Dodgers still have a shot at pulling off the unthinkable-- a winning season, the NL MVP (Matt Kemp) and the NL Cy Young Award winner (Clayton Kershaw). Who would've predicted that in April?

SAY WHAT?! THE NATIONALS MIGHT BE RESPECTABLE?

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Yes, the Washington Nationals are on the brink of respectability. At 76-79, interim-manager Davey Johnson has his ball club playing well as of late. If they go 5-2 the rest of the way they will, at least, finish at .500, which for them is like winning the pennant.

THE BLUE JAYS SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAME TO MR. .500

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At 79-77, the Toronto Blue Jays will once again hover around the .500 mark. For the Jays that pretty much has been their 21st century reality as they are already 890-891 from 2000 to 2010.

THE INDIANS SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT THEY'RE STILL IN ANY CONVERSATION

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The miracle season was not to be for the Cleveland Indians. They began the season red-hot but at 77-78, a winning season is all they can hope for. But considering where most of us outside of Cleveland thought they would be when the season started, a winning season is enough to leave many, including me, with eggs on our faces. Go Tribe!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Chicago White Sox (76-80) and the Cincinnati Reds (76-80) are technically still mathematically alive. Can either one go 6-0 or at least 5-1 the rest of the way? Probably not.

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Is it me or Tommy Lasorda still looks good after all these years?

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