Chris Freud: Have the Los Angeles Dodgers already won the World Series?
August 1, 2017
After baseball's non-waiver trade deadline came and went, the general consensus is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have won the World Series and there really is no point to playing rest of the regular season or the playoffs.
OK, disclaimer, I hate the Dodgers. If the Giants don't ever win another World Series in my lifetime, I'm good — so long as the Dodgers stay stuck on 1988, their last championship.
We are looking at Freud's worst nightmare, particularly after Los Angeles brought in Yu Darvish, as well as bullpen help with Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani. (I like the acquisition of the reliever better than Darvish. More flexibility in the pen is more valuable in October.)
Two notes before we cede the World Series to the Dodgers:
• Los Angeles is red hot right now. The Dodgers are on a pace to win 114 games, which is ridiculous. No team is this good during this age of parity. They're going to cool off a bit, I think. I hope.
• Everything depends on Clayton Kershaw's back. Not only does he have to be healthy and pitching again, but at full strength. Pitching wins in the postseason and Kershaw's going to have to be there. Rich Hill, Alex Wood and Hyun-jin Ryu are nice pitchers. Kershaw's a difference maker.
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The Rockies and the D-backs
Pat Neshek was a nice pickup for the Rockies. I don't quite understand Jonathan Lucroy at catcher. Either way, Colorado took two out of three from the Nationals in our nation's capital and are one-half game behind Arizona, which acquired J.D. Martinez from the Tigers.
If you have to do the one-game wild-card thing, then better to do it at home, particularly with Coors Field.
The Cubs are 13-3 since the break, and have added Jose Quintana, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila. The North Siders seem to be returning to form.
The question is, "Will Milwaukee stick with them?" The Brewers won't win the division, but can be a pain to the Rockies when it comes to the wild-card spot.
While most have ceded the World Series to the Dodgers, the Washington Nationals are nicely under the radar. The Nats have gotten hurt, and kept slugging. They have the best pitcher is baseball not named Kershaw in Max Scherzer. Washington already raided Oakland's bullpen and added Brandon Kintzler at the deadline.
Washington's done what it could do. Now, we see if it works.
The Astros didn't do anything at the deadline. This is not exactly a big deal. Houston will get back Carlos Correa before the postseason. I just want this team to wear its tequila-sunrise uniforms more often.
What's really exciting here is not the division-leading Cleveland Indians, but the Royals. Kansas City decided not to break up the gang.
Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar are all free agents. They could have been trade bait. The Royals are looking at one more postseason run.
Good for them.
The Yankees got Sonny Gray from the A's, so the pinstripes are going all in. And while this may hack off my favorite course marshal in Eagle-Vail, I'm getting worried about the Red Sox.
David Price is on the shelf again and Dustin Pedroia joined him on Tuesday.
Red, Sox, Yankees, Indians, Royals, Astros, Nats, Cubs, Diamondbacks or even Rockies, they all get my vote before the Dodgers
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