First issues first: For those who’re a type of individuals who takes issues far too significantly and will get offended simply on social media, present your self out. We’re solely concerned about individuals who prefer to chortle shifting ahead. 

I am pausing whereas these far-too-serious of us present themselves out. 

OK, I believe we’re good now. 

The Dodgers ought to lose their remaining video games with the Rockies on goal. 

Hear me out! 

The Dodgers are in no hazard in any respect of shedding the highest seed. Not solely did they enter Sunday with a six-game lead over the Braves for that spot, however the different division winners (Braves and Cubs) are extremely flawed and struggling to play .500 ball for weeks at a time. I do not care in regards to the odds or simulations or something, I am fairly assured in saying there is a 100% probability the Dodgers find yourself because the No. 1 seed within the expanded 16-team playoffs. Which means it does not matter in the event that they basically throw their remaining 5 video games with the Rockies. 

Let’s remember the state of affairs the Dodgers are in. They’ve gained the NL West seven occasions in a row, a span that features two pennants and 4 journeys to the NLCS. Oh, and it contains zero World Collection rings. It is a bizarre and brief season, however a 2020 ring nonetheless counts. The 1981 season was bizarre and brief and the Dodgers have a flag flying endlessly for the 1981 World Collection title. 

Let’s additionally remember the primary spherical this season is a three-game collection. Something can occur in a collection like that. Final yr, the Orioles took two of three from the Yankees in April. The Yankees gained 103 video games. The Orioles misplaced 108. Figuring out that something on the planet can occur, the Dodgers have to take issues into their very own palms and guarantee the very best first-round opponent. 

This is a have a look at the eight-seed “standings” coming into Sunday:

8. Rockies – 19-20 (.487)
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9. Giants – 19-21 (.475), 0.5 GB
10. Brewers – 18-20 (.474), 0.5 GB
11. Mets – 18-22 (.450), 1.5 GB
12. Reds – 18-22 (.450), 1.5 GB

The Dodgers solely play groups within the West, so it is scoreboard watching relating to different eight-seed candidates just like the Marlins, Mets, Brewers, Reds and Phillies. I do not assume they need to be a lot anxious in regards to the Marlins or Brewers. With the Phillies, you are coping with an explosive offense and Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. That is probably an issue. Look again on the Nationals final yr for reference. The Reds might run out a rotation of Sonny Grey, Trevor Bauer and Luis Castillo. That is actually extra a headache than a one ought to need to take care of in an eight. The Mets? There’s Jacob deGrom and the potential of being all the way down to an elimination recreation in Recreation 2. Once more, no purpose for that form of discomfort. 

The Giants most likely do not pose a lot of an issue, however the Dodgers are completed enjoying them this yr. 

The Rockies additionally seemingly do not pose a lot of a menace to L.A.. They’re certainly extra comfy an opponent — particularly since it will be in Dodger Stadium and never Coors Subject, the place all bets are off — than the Reds, Phillies or Mets. The Dodgers play Colorado on Sunday evening and now have a four-game collection in Coors Subject late subsequent week. 

Throw ’em. All 5. Effectively, possibly. Watch the standings and react. Attempt to management the Rockies getting the eighth seed. That is the place the Rockies are proper now. The Dodgers are ok to manage their very own future and maintain them there. 

No, this is not going to occur. Nothing like this can occur. I simply needed to have a little bit enjoyable whereas additionally significantly declaring the Dodgers greatest pursuits within the first spherical could be to keep away from groups just like the Reds, Phillies and Mets. We have already seen them lose in each which approach potential within the postseason for a greater a part of the previous decade. They’re by far baseball’s greatest workforce proper now and are going through the postseason with probably the most potential landmines we have ever seen. 

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