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Third on the Fourth
2004-07-04 17:59
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Who has a better chance at a playoff spot, the third-place Angels or the third-place Dodgers?

The Angels face competition from the A's, the disappointing Red Sox, the surprising Rangers and either the Twins or the White Sox. (I'm not counting Tampa Bay, but isn't it something to even be addressing them in a parenthetical.)

The Dodgers face competition from the helium-operated Giants, the laying-in-the-weeds Padres, and more than a half-dozen wild-card contenders - including even the Mets.

The Angels have four key rivals - the Dodgers have close to 10. The Angels have to beat one divisional rival plus the Red Sox and an American League Central team, or two divisional rivals. But no matter how the wild card race goes, the Dodgers still only need to beat San Diego and San Francisco.

It's a close call. If the Angels can solve their Bartolo Colon problem, I like their chances. If Odalis Perez and Edwin Jackson are back in the Dodger rotation after the All-Star Break, both local teams really could do it, as hard as it is to believe.

Tonight's Game

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