If you’re looking for a model of consistency in baseball, look no further than Los Angeles.
For the last couple of years, both the Dodgers and Angels have found themselves in familiar positions heading into the trade deadline. The Dodgers once again find themselves atop the National League West, sporting one of the best records in the game at 69-39 and a lineup that is dangerous from top to bottom. The Angels, meanwhile, once again find themselves hovering around the .500 mark with the amount of time left to make a push fading fast.
Just as is the case with winning in the playoffs, the trade deadline, too, is all about pitching. The biggest names on the trading block are all pitchers -- San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, Arizona’s Zack Greinke, Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, the New York Mets’ Noah “Thor” Syndergaard and lights out reliever Edwin Diaz, also a Met. Landing a big time pitcher at the trade deadline could be the difference between making that final postseason push and watching the playoffs from the couch.
Today on AirTalk, we reconvene KPCC’s Triple Play of Larry Mantle, A Martinez and Nick Roman to break down the Dodgers’ and Angels’ seasons so far, forecast what each team needs to do to make a playoff run, and speculate on who might end up wearing Dodger Blue or Halo Red by the end of the day.