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September 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm ET
Your Team Ain’t S#!t Playoff Edition: Dodgers

In February and March, I previewed the 29 other MLB teams and compared them to our beloved Devil Rays, in anticipation of the 2008 season which has Rayvolutionized The Game ….

To get you ready for October, we’ll do it one more ‘gain with the 7 other teams lucky enough to join the Devil Rays in the postseason….

2008 Regular Season Record vs. Cubs: 2-5 [All games pre-Manny] (0-3 at Wrigley, 2-2 at Dodger Stadium)
2008 Regular Season Record vs. Devil Rays: didn’t play
All-Time Record vs. Cubs (1890-present): 1,012-1,011
Manny Ramirez 2008 Regular Season Record vs. Devil Rays: 6-6, (0-6 at The Trop)

October Arguments: Joe Torre is a piss-poor postseason manager.

Torre is 0-3 lifetime managing NL teams in the playoffs. His teams have also lost four consecutive playoff series and 9 of their last 13 postseason games. He is 0-2 in series against teams that have Joe Maddon on the bench. Joe Maddon has a World Series ring from this millennium; Joe Torre does not.

Record of Playoff Teams with Nomar Garciaparra on them All-Time: 11-18

Spring Argument: The NL West vs. The AL East

Back in March I wrote the following:

The Dodgers are being talked about by many as the favorite in the NL West. Not because they are good, but because the NL West is filled with boring teams with little or no talent, and the Dodgers appear to be slightly less boring and slightly less untalented. If they have enough healthy bodies, the Dodgers may win the NL West.

Our Devil Rays are obviously in a tougher division. If our Devil Rays were in the NL West, they would run away with the division by at least 20 games.

A few commenters like Dusto Magnifico objected vehemently to this. Meanwhile the Dodgers won the West with only 84 wins, even after adding Manny, the next best thing to The G-POPE Barry Bonds. (They were only like 7 games over .500 with Manny too.) Our Devil Rays meanwhile won 97 games. The rest of the AL East was 338-309 (.522); the rest of the NL West was 291-357 (.449). So I may be guilty of underestimating how dominant our Devil Rays would have been. For that I sincerely apologize.

If the Dodgers and Devil Rays meet in the World Series, the first two games will be at historic Tropicana Field, and we’ll all see that the Dodgers ain’t shit compared to our American League East Champion Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Previously on Your Team Ain’t S#!t Compared To The American League East Champion Devil Rays: Playoff Edition….

#1 Boston Red Sox
#2 Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
#3 Chicago Cubs

Coming soon to Your Team Ain’t S#!t Compared To The American League East Champion Devil Rays: Playoff Edition….

On Deck: #5 The Philadelphia Phillies

In The Hole: #6 The Milwaukee Brewers

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6 Responses to “Your Team Ain’t S#!t Playoff Edition: Dodgers”
  1. Fozzy says:

    Who are the Devil Rays, minor-league affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays?

  2. Eric says:

    “Joe Torre is a piss-poor postseason manager.” Hahaha, the ignorance levels keep rising…..

  3. FrankDiscussion says:

    Let’s see, Torre has four WS rings as a Manager from the previous millenium and Joe Maddon does not.

    I don’t see why you feel the need to critique Torre in order to build up Maddon. What Joe Maddon has done this year should be impressive enough to stand on it’s own merit. He is deserving of Manager of the Year.

    I’ve had my own issues with Torre and the postseason, but it still doesn’t detract from what he accomplished from 1996-2000.

  4. David Chalk David Chalk says:

    Joe Maddon was the bench coach on a team with no history that beat The Greatest Player On Planet Earth in The World Series. That’s impressive.

    Joe Torre won four tainted World Series with a team full of overpaid steroid users. Not impressive.

  5. FrankDiscussion says:

    I’m well aware of the players implicated in the steroid scandal, but I’m also not delusional enough to believe that steroid usage was the sole reason for the success of the Yankees in this period. Steroid usage was widespread throughout the league.

  6. coops2001 says:

    If Clemens wasn’t doing steriods, then it is likely the Yankees would have stuck with Wells, who outperformed Clemens in both 1999 and 2000 and had a better post season record.

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