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Yes, the Dodgers are talking playoffs

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08:14 AM ET 08.09 | James Loney believes, really believes in the Dodgers' playoff chances, and he may not be alone. There's no question every reporter and columnist in town is pulling for the Dodgers and their amazing comeback. The Lakers and Clippers are locked out, so go, Dodgers, go. "Realistically," [Don Mattingly] says somewhat unrealistically, "we've got to go out now and win four out of five all the time. If we can do that over a period of time and creep a little bit, you never know." Mattingly knows what it takes, all right. He played for the Yankees for 14 seasons, and in that time the Yankees went to the playoffs once. ... Mattingly's goal now, he says, "is to win every day." The Dodgers lost Monday night.

Los Angeles Times

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August 9, 2011  08:17 AM ET

Dodgers = MLB owned very soon, the America's version of the Expo's. LOL.

August 9, 2011  08:47 AM ET

WWWWWWHHHHHHHHHAaaaaaaTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

August 9, 2011  08:49 AM ET

I did notice they didn't mention what year....

August 9, 2011  08:53 AM ET

They're ten games back.

According to baseballprospectus.com, as of this morning, the Dodgers have a 0.3% chance of making the playoffs. Those are not good odds.

However, they do play in a garbage division, so I suppose anything is possible.

August 9, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Someone needs to do a drug test in that club house.

August 9, 2011  09:07 AM ET

And this is why MLB will expand wild card playoff teams. How else can you convince fans that a team that is 10 games UNDER .500 with the 13th worst record in the NL is a contender and you should pay big bucks to go watch them play?

August 9, 2011  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Someone needs to do a drug test in that club house.

LOL, I 2nd that !

August 9, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Someone needs to do a drug test in that club house.

Well, it is LA....these guys may have just been down to Hollywood and Vine the night before. Either that, or they are inhaling fumes from the La Brea Tar Pits....

August 9, 2011  09:16 AM ET

The joy of playing in a division of muppets.

August 9, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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The joy of playing in a division of muppets.

Kermit is offended....

August 9, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Division of Muppets? Garbage Division?

Didn't it produce World Series champ last year.

That said - the Dodgers have no shot.

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August 9, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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Didn't it produce World Series champ last year.

As a matter of fact, it did. Not unlike the garbage division that was the 2006 NL Central.

August 9, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Where's Mr. Roarke??? I mean, this is Fantasy Island right???

August 9, 2011  10:21 AM ET

Go, Dodgers, Go?!? Oy vey ...

August 9, 2011  10:27 AM ET
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Division of Muppets? Garbage Division?Didn't it produce World Series champ last year.That said - the Dodgers have no shot.

Indeed it did. And as has been repeatedly pointed out quite rationally any team in baseball, except the Cubs, who make it to the playoffs can win the World Series. Say a few novenas, ride a hot staff, and bingo, you get a ring. The point is the Giants wouldn't have made the playoffs if they had to play an imbalanced schedule against major league quality teams.

August 9, 2011  10:34 AM ET
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Indeed it did. And as has been repeatedly pointed out quite rationally any team in baseball, except the Cubs, who make it to the playoffs can win the World Series. Say a few novenas, ride a hot staff, and bingo, you get a ring. The point is the Giants wouldn't have made the playoffs if they had to play an imbalanced schedule against major league quality teams.

Agreed!

August 9, 2011  11:03 AM ET

Most fun in baseball -- pulling AGAINST the Yankees. Second most fun -- pulling against the DODGERS.

 
August 9, 2011  11:05 AM ET

What's wrong with having a goal of winning every day? Nothing in my opinion. If somebody's not going out there as a pro with that desire then you are selling yourself short and your fans as well.

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