LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers kept their streak going, making it 9 1/2 weeks since they’ve lost a series.
The Angels kept their streak going, making it six consecutive victories and 12 wins in their past 16 games.
So, today, let me be the first to utter those two magic words…
All right, so maybe the Angels are a reach to make the 2017 World Series while the Dodgers still look like a cinch.
But, with seven weeks of regular season remaining, we have two teams officially in playoff position, the Angels’ mere presence almost as incredible as the Dodgers’ brute stranglehold.
On May 3, our two clubs shared identical records of 15-14. Since then, they’ve taken wildly different paths toward potential postseason berths, the Dodgers aggressively clobbering everyone and the Angels idly hanging around.
By several measures, the Dodgers are being sized up with the greatest teams in baseball history. Perhaps it’s time someone starts the research to determine if the Angels rank among the greatest mediocre teams of all-time.
What the injury depleted and pretty much nationally deleted Angels are doing defies common sense while defining the chronic mediocrity of the American League.
But, hey, it isn’t their fault that only four teams appear to have read the how-to manual that came with the ’17 season. If a playoff spot can be had for 82, 83, 84 wins, why not?
This apparently is just one of those years in baseball, one of those years where, thanks to the top-heaviness of a few dominant clubs, average is the new above average.
Over the previous five seasons, on the date of Aug. 14, three teams total had double-digit division leads. That’s the same number of teams that right now have double-digit gashes.
In other words, the Dodgers, Nationals and Astros have conspired to try to ruin baseball’s pennant push, turning what is supposed to be a stretch filled with drama into one instead swelled with garage time.
On Sunday, the Dodgers kept their mojo…