Jon Weisman tweeted out a link to an article earlier today: http://bit.ly/jLgFor In it, you'll see the statistic:
Of the 126 teams both at least five games under and five games out, 121 didn't make the playoffs, a 96.0 failure rate
Obviously, the ideal situation here is that the Dodgers become part of that 4%. It seems maybe more possible given the fact that the Diamonbacks are in first place and the Giants lost Buster Posey, but still pretty far fetched. Obviously, that is the ideal situation. I'm wondering what everybody else thinks about other ideal situations if the post season doesn't become a reality.
A few of mine:
1. James Loney tears the ball apart for June & July and Colleti actually gets a decent return on a trade for him.
2. The Yankees get desperate for a decent back of the rotation guy and Kuroda* or Garland or Padilla nets back a guy like Gardner, or even possibly Montero (this would have to include somebody else in addition).
3. The Dodgers get sold this week. Colleti is fired. Eric Stephen becomes GM. Has a total fire sale and gets rid of everybody outside of Kemp, Kershaw, Bills, Sands, Rubby, Ethier, and Kuo. With his new unlimited budget, brings in Albert Pujols and signs him to a 7 year deal as a "starter move."
*I know Kuroda has a full NTC, but I believe that (like any other MLB player) he would be ok with spending half a season in the Bronx with a 37 runs per game in run support and the chance to compete in the post season.