That’s the question of the day, not anything about playoffs. At just four games over, losers of 7 of 8, 11 of 16, and 16 of 23, with series remaining in Washington, Cincinnati, & San Diego – only the league’s two best teams and the NL’s hottest – it’s fair to wonder if the Dodgers can win 7 of the remaining 18, which would put them right at .500.
As we’ve discussed, while not making the playoffs in 2012 would be disappointing, it’s not really the end of the world. What really makes this interesting is that if you had told us all back in spring training that the Dodgers would be heading into this final stretch on pace to finish just slightly over .500, I’m pretty sure we’d have said, “yeah, that sounds about right.” (I can’t find it right now, but I’m pretty sure my prediction was for 80-85 wins with an outside chance for 90 if everything broke right, which of course injuries were never going to allow.)
Six months later, it looks like the end result is going to be exactly where we expected it would. This may be the destination we were prepared for, but I don’t think any of us can say this is the route we saw them taking to get there. No matter what happens to end this season, at least the organization is in a better place than it was a year ago – or at least that’s what I’m trying to keep convincing myself of as the games get increasingly unwatchable.