Fangraphs is currently giving the Dodgers a 72.3% chance to make the playoffs and a 58.5% chance of winning the NL West. FiveThirtyEight doesn’t like the Dodgers nearly as much, giving them just a 56% chance to make the playoffs a 45% chance to win the division.
The discrepancy between the two models is why we play the games; these are contests between two groups of nine humans, and anything can happen in baseball.
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After four straight seasons of being eliminated in the playoffs prior to the World Series, it seems fair to say that anything short of a World Series appearance would be considered a failure by this Dodger fanbase, and perhaps even the front office, after spending so much. Fortunately for those fans, when the season got underway, the Dodgers did not disappoint.
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In my opinion the trade is a pretty solid deal for both sides; the D-Backs get a solid arm for the starting rotation and a young shortstop who still has a lot of upside due to his speed, and the Mariners get an all-star SS in addition to a right-handed outfielder (a huge need for them considering their projected starting outfield was all lefty) and a lottery ticket reliever.
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