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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ian Kinsler, Matt Kemp, Cody Bellinger, and Albert Pujols during a game between the Dodgers and the Angels. Photo courtesy of coverthespread365.com
BASEBALL SEASON IS WINDING DOWN FAST FOR SOCAL’S TWO MLB TEAMS
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done anything baseball on this blog.
Being that the Dodgers and Angels have played exactly 150 games and have two weeks left in the regular season, I thought it was high time to state what is those team’s situations as they play their remaining twelve games of 2018.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Record: 74-76, fourth place in the American League West, 20 and a half games behind the Houston Astros
With the bulk of their pitching staff unable to pitch two or three games before various parts of their arms and bodies fall apart – again – these Halos from Orange County are – once again – playing out the string until they convene in Tempe, AZ next February.
However, they do have something to play for:
A winning season, as with 74 wins to their credit, the Angels need to go 8-4 over the next two weeks to finish with 82 wins and a campaign in which they have won more games than they have lost.
Despite their extreme lack of healthy pitching, it would be nice for Angel fans to say that at least their beloved red-clad team finished above .500
OK, now let’s chat about the…
Matt Kemp being chased by his Dodger teammates after delivering a walk-off hit earlier this year. Photo courtesy of si.com
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
In a nutshell, here is the Dodgers’ SITUATION:
- 1/2 game out of the first place, behind the Colorado Rockies
- Tied for the second Wild Card spot with the St. Louis Cardinals
And to elaborate on this a little bit,
This week, starting tonight, is absolutely crucial as the Rockies, the very team they’re in a Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier-like heavyweight championship fight with, are coming to Dodger Stadium for a three-game set.
Simply put, these next three games – and the next twelve games, actually, as they go to Phoenix, AZ to face the still-contending Diamondbacks next week – will decide whether those Dodgers will get to defend their National League title and possibly get another chance at their first world championship in thirty years.
It’s in their hands now.
One thing is for sure: I expect Chavez Ravine to be absolutely rocking these next three nights.
And hopefully provide a hostile environment for those Rockies, because the Dodgers are sure going to need that.